New Centre will Position New Brunswick as a Leader in Cybersecurity and Innovation
Federal funding commitment of $3.1 million will help establish Cybersecurity Innovation Centre in Fredericton
August 14, 2018 – Fredericton, N.B. – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Innovation is critical to Atlantic Canada’s economic success. Innovative and emerging sectors, like cybersecurity, strengthen and grow the middle class, make Canada a better place now, and help build a sustainable economy for future generations. Thanks to a Government of Canada investment of $3.1 million, Opportunities New Brunswick will establish critical infrastructure and an innovation and testing centre at Fredericton’s Knowledge Park.
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade and Member of Parliament for Beauséjour, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, joined Matt DeCourcey, Member of Parliament for Fredericton, the Honourable Stephen Horsman, Deputy Premier of New Brunswick, and representatives from Cyber New Brunswick to make the announcement today.
The Cybersecurity Innovation Centre will provide unique opportunities to New Brunswick companies and researchers in the IT sector to keep up with evolving cybersecurity technologies. It will also increase opportunities for collaboration in research and development and skills development in cybersecurity, and foster connections and partnerships between government, academia and industry in cybersecurity in Canada.
The Government of Canada has committed a $3.1 million non-repayable contribution through ACOA’s Business Development Program for the establishment of the Centre. Opportunities New Brunswick is contributing $956,000.
“The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the development of cybersecurity solutions, education, and infrastructure, and that is why we’re working closely with provincial partners, industry, and academia to help build a strong and responsive cybersecurity industry in Atlantic Canada and across the country.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
“The Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces are committed to working together to build a vibrant future and strong economy for Atlantic Canada. It is very encouraging to see New Brunswick poised to become a leader in the cybersecurity industry, with Fredericton growing into an industry hub.”
- The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade and Member of Parliament for Beauséjour
“Developing world-leading clusters in areas where the innovation and expertise already exists makes good business sense. This new Centre will enhance the region’s capacity in innovation and cybersecurity, positioning New Brunswick as the place to operate cybersecurity enterprises.
- Matt DeCourcey, Member of Parliament for Fredericton
“Fredericton is being recognized internationally as a hub for cybersecurity excellence. Strategic investments and partnerships between the federal and provincial governments in high growth sectors like cybersecurity show the government’s commitment to bringing innovation and growth to our province on behalf of New Brunswick’s working families.”
– The Honourable Stephen Horsman, Deputy Premier for New Brunswick
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