March 18, 2016, SAINT JOHN (GNB) – A new province-wide bursary program for students entering their first year of post-secondary education was launched today.

A total of ten bursaries worth $1,000 each will be given out each year to students studying in New Brunswick to recognize the important link between education and economic growth. The bursaries are part of the new Opportunities NB Connects outreach initiative, which is designed to connect opportunities, promote New Brunswick, and mentor young entrepreneurs and students.

“Having a skilled workforce is fundamental to New Brunswick’s future growth and prosperity,” said Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet, who is also minister responsible for Opportunities NB. “What we are facing in New Brunswick is not necessarily a lack of jobs, but a skills gap for the jobs that are available. We want to support our young people by helping them understand the connection between education and employment opportunities here at home.”

The high school students who attended the launch were connected via Skype to hear some words of encouragement from participants of the YES Atlantic Summit hosted by the student ambassadors of the Pond-Deshpande Centre in Fredericton. The two-day summit encourages youth to take action, seize opportunities, leverage support, and become entrepreneurs.


Valerie Kilfoil, communications, Opportunities NB, 506-292-0170.