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NB-IRDT Partners with Under One Sky to study the impact of the Aboriginal Head Start Program

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Jan 26, 2022

Category: Population Research , Media



Under One Sky is a registered non-profit organization and one of over 100 Friendship Centres in Canada. Located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Under One Sky is a vibrant and caring community hub that aims to empower a healthy and proud Indigenous community through the programs and services it offers. The Under One Sky Aboriginal Head Start (AHS) program is the focus of the centre’s new...

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NB-IRDT’s 2021 Training Report is Now Available

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Jan 10, 2022

Category: Training , Media , Team News



  2021 was a busy year at NB-IRDT, especially for our training team! Read our 2021 Training Report for a highlight of last year’s initiatives – including our data literacy training for public servants, experiential learning for students, and continuing education for professionals.   We look forward to spearheading even bigger and better things in 2022 and can’t wait...

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Student Spotlight: Meet the ConnectNB Team

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Jan 7, 2022

Category: Media



ConnectNB is a student research stream in the Pathways to Professions experiential learning program at NB-IRDT – and a part of NB-IRDT’s Data Connect project. Through Data Connect (funded by a 3-year SSHRC Partnership Development Grant with the Government of New Brunswick), NB-IRDT is working towards creating an inventory of policy-relevant project ideas connecting students across...

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NB-IRDT Joins Saint John’s Early Childhood Hub Project

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Jan 6, 2022

Category: Education , Media , Youth



Breaking the cycle of poverty is not an easy task. Ending generational poverty requires large-scale commitments to improve education, health, employment, and more. Part of this commitment involves the installment of Early Childhood Hubs in two low-income neighborhoods, in Saint John, New Brunswick.    The two Early Childhood Hubs serve families with children under age 5,...

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NB-IRDT Releases First Report in New Population Snapshot Series

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Dec 13, 2021

Category: Media , Population Research



Since its establishment, the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training has been focusing on different aspects of the province’s changing population. From projects on immigration, graduation, employment, retention, and more, we have examined implications and potential solutions to a rapidly aging and migrating population. Now, in a new report series, our researchers are...

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Introducing ExperienceGNB: A Policy Bootcamp for High School Students

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Dec 8, 2021

Category: Partners , Media , Training , Youth



Calling all high school students in the Fredericton area! The Government of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training have partnered to host a one-week policy bootcamp for high school students, taking place this March Break. This experiential learning opportunity, called ExperienceGNB, offers students a chance to use research to solve relevant problems facing...

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Regional Health Authorities Dedicate Resources for the Coordination of Data Transfers to NB-IRDT

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Dec 2, 2021

Category: Health , Media



Since its establishment, NB-IRDT has had a close relationship with both Regional Health Authorities in New Brunswick. Thanks to the Master Data Sharing Agreements in place, NB-IRDT holds various data sets from both the Horizon and Vitalité Health Networks on its secure platform, with more on the way. Recently, both Health Networks have partnered with NB-IRDT on the creation of a Data...

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Student Spotlight: Meet the BoostNB Team

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Nov 22, 2021

Category: Media , Economics



BoostNB is a student research stream in the Pathways to Professions experiential learning program at NB-IRDT. Launched in 2018 by Dr. Herb Emery, Vaughan Chair of Regional Economics, BoostNB serves as a dashboard of economic indicators that aims to provide straightforward, fact-based about New Brunswick and its economy. This summer, BoostNB was comprised of four undergraduate students...

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Student Spotlight: Meet the PopNB Team

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Nov 4, 2021

Category: Population Research



Population New Brunswick (PopNB) is a student research stream in the Pathways to Professions experiential learning program at NB-IRDT. Launched in 2020, PopNB describes various population demographics and identifies crucial trends that impact the economy and well-being of New Brunswickers. This summer, PopNB was comprised of four undergraduate students investigating the recent economic...

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Are there Labour Shortages in Canada’s Transport Sector?

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Nov 2, 2021

Category: Economics



If you have watched the news lately, you may have seen long lines of vehicles blocking roads around the UK as drivers waited for a chance to fuel up. The emerging gas shortage overseas is just one symptom resulting from a truck driver shortage in Great Britain, with food and medicine shortages following to a lesser extent. A labour shortage in the Transportation industry can clearly have...

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Retention and Labour Market Outcomes of Registered Apprentices in New Brunswick

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Nov 1, 2021

Category: Media , Economics



Apprenticeships are a long-standing and valuable part of the training and education system in New Brunswick). Over the last decade, interests in apprenticeship programs have risen, driven chiefly by concerns over current and future shortages of tradespersons. Efforts to encourage young Canadians, especially those not university-bound, to become skilled tradespersons have increased in hopes of...

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UNB Students Take Hands-On Approach to Research and Policy in New Brunswick

Bethany Jones

Posted: Oct 28, 2021

Category: Population Research , Economics , Education , Health , Training



2022 applications are now open! The end of 2021 is in sight, and as countries around the world begin to emerge from COVID-19 lockdowns, there is a universal air of uncertainty about the future. In New Brunswick, however, this uncertainty predated the pandemic. For the past few years, the province of New Brunswick has been struggling to address the problems of an aging population, the...

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Student Spotlight: Meet the VitalSignsNB Team

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Oct 12, 2021

Category: Media , Training , Health



NB-IRDT’s recent VitalSignsNB project on vaccination delivery in New Brunswick has sparked a great deal of public interest – leading to radio interviews, newspaper articles, and conference proceedings on the results. VitalSignsNB is an important project at NB-IRDT, not only because of its timely and relevant focus but also because it allowed us to partner with the upcoming...

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VitalSignsNB: The Results Are In

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Oct 8, 2021

Category: Media , Health



Vaccines have been dominating news outlets this year, with COVID-19 vaccination rates a topic of great interest and even greater concern. In New Brunswick, COVID vaccines are provided free of charge at pharmacies, joining the yearly flu shot as the only other vaccine pharmacists can provide to New Brunswickers at no personal cost to the recipients.   Pharmacist-administered COVID vaccines...

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New NB-IRDT Project: Profiling the Francophone Population in Greater Saint John

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Oct 6, 2021

Category: Population Research



Every New Brunswickers has the right to receive healthcare in the official language of their choice. However, for Francophones living in majority Anglophone areas, practical challenges can make it difficult to access services in French. Communication barriers in healthcare are a serious issue that can negatively impact access to...

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2021 Pathways to Professions Program in Review

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Sep 8, 2021

Category: Team News , Media



As Summer 2021 comes to a close, so too does the 2021 Pathways to Professions. This year, NB-IRDT is proud to have hosted 20 students from the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University – all of whom completed NB-relevant research projects and participated in our full curriculum of research and professionalism workshops. 2021 students, we wish you all the best as you return to...

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Digging Deeper into Graduate Retention: International and Domestic Students

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Sep 8, 2021

Category: Education



The retention of post-secondary graduates is of great importance to New Brunswick, as keeping qualified graduates in the province has the potential to boost the labour market, produce higher returns on investment in post-secondary education, and combat the shrinking and aging of the NB population. The New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training has been exploring graduate retention...

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Opportunity for Citizen Partners to Join NB-IRDT’s Data and Research Committee

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Sep 8, 2021

Category: Partners , Media



The New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training (NB-IRDT) is committed to research that benefits New Brunswickers. To accomplish this, we are always looking for ways to incorporate NB citizens in our research process.   At the moment, we are seeking two NB residents to join our Data and Research Committee (DRC) Working Group as Citizen Partners. What is the NB-IRDT Data and...

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Who Are New Brunswick’s Low-Skilled Workers?  

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Sep 1, 2021

Category: Labour Markets , Datasets , Economics



What does it mean to be low-skilled in New Brunswick? And which New Brunswickers are most likely to have low levels of skills in the workplace?   NB-IRDT researchers explore these questions in a recent report, in which they construct profiles of low-skilled workers in the province. By focusing on groups with low levels of education, jobs with low...

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A Better ‘Shot’ for Health Care in New Brunswick

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Aug 23, 2021

Category: Health



Over the past few years, New Brunswick’s health care system has been struggling to improve service delivery, given the shortage of primary care providers and increasing need for health care services among the province’s aging population. With the additional strain COVID-19 has placed on the system, the need to free up resources is more urgent than ever. In 2009, changes in...

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