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For Immediate Release
[30 May 2013]

(Fredericton, NB) – Fredericton’s Business Immigrant Mentorship Program (BIMP) and Chamber of Commerce offer congratulations to the provincial government for their investment of $2 million that will assist in establishing an intercultural centre in Fredericton, as announced on 24 May 2013.

This centre will be a significant benefit to newcomers, the tenant organizations, the city, the stakeholders who serve the immigrant community and the city at large. “This centre is a huge step forward for our city and the immigrant community within,” stated Janet Moser, coordinator of Fredericton’s Business Immigrant Mentorship Program. “It will enhance the great work already being done by the Fredericton Multicultural Association, New Brunswick Multicultural Council and the various other cultural associations. In short, it will allow Fredericton to more effectively and efficiently provide the support services that our newcomers need to settle and thrive in the area.”

Ensuring that immigrants have the tools and resources to establish a new life in the Fredericton area is a priority for the province, the mentorship program and the chamber.

“Growing our community through immigration will be a key to success in the coming years,” continued Moser. “This investment by the Province is a clear sign that they understand the importance and value of our immigrant population from not only a population growth perspective, but also in terms of increased diversity and cultural exchange which allows New Brunswick to grow socially and increasingly become citizens of the world.”

“The mentorship program and the chamber look forward to a strong continued relationship with all of our immigration partners and are committed to providing the support necessary to make the transition as smooth as possible for all of our newcomers,” stated Krista Ross, CEO of the Fredericton chamber. “The provincial government should be commended for this investment, which will produce tangible and lasting benefits to the region. I also note that along with our federal and municipal governments, the Province has been a long-standing supporter of the immigration agenda in many other ways as well.”

The Fredericton Business Immigrant Mentorship Program first launched in 2009 as the first of its kind in Canada. The program allows immigrant entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about doing business in New Brunswick through basic training classroom sessions and being matched with local business professionals, who provide one-on-one mentoring and networking opportunities. Since its inception, the program has now grown to include Moncton, Saint John, Bathurst and Edmundston.

With more than 950 members, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is one of Atlantic Canada’s largest chambers of commerce. A dynamic business organization, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is actively engaged in policy development that affects the competitiveness of our members and of the Canadian business environment.

Contact: Janet Moser, coordinator of the Business Immigrant Mentorship program (506) 458-8006
or Krista Ross, CEO of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce

pdfMay 30, 2013 – BIMP and Chamber applaud investment in Intercultural Centre