In order to flourish, Saint John must enhance its ability to achieve measurable growth in three target areas: population, employment and tax base.
A standing Growth Committee, established by Saint John Common Council in 2016 has been tasked with reviewing opportunities and challenges related to growth.
The Roadmap to Smart Growth
We must maximize our ability to grow through strategic and immediate actions.
The Roadmap for Smart Growth is an economic growth and development strategy. The Growth Committee conducted best practice analysis and consulted with a number of sources, including economic development agencies, local developers, volunteers and partners in order to identify the new direction for the City of Saint John’s economic development efforts and actions outlined in the strategy.
Population Growth Framework
Saint John will be the most welcoming community in New Brunswick.
Our community can no longer watch our population decline. We need to have a focused and coordinated approach to growing our population. The Population Growth Framework will help our community to build on our existing efforts and will spur action around the things we can influence.
In order to be effective at population growth, we will need every level of Government, local businesses, stakeholders, and our whole community working together to achieve growth.
The strategies outlined in the framework are thirty new or enhanced actions that we will take as a community to grow our population. Many of the actions will require coordinated work plans and leveraged funding. Each action will be coordinated by a lead organization, and they will be supported by partnering organizations.