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BoostNB Economic Dashboard

BoostNB is a dashboard of economic indicators that provides straightforward, fact-based information about the New Brunswick economy for New Brunswickers. This website is updated periodically by post-secondary students in New Brunswick.

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The Highlight Box Colour Indicates The Status of the Graphs Parent Goal


Progressing Not on Track

Not Progressing


GDP (Gross Domestic Product)

GDP Highlights Include: GDP Per Capita, Real GDP Growth, and Debt-to-GDP Ratio

Provincial GDP Per Capita
*Graph related to 2021 Data
Provincial gross domestic product (GDP) per capita is the sum of gross value added by the province's resident population divided by mid-year population. Note that all the values are in 2012 chained dollars.
Source: Statistics Canada (Table: 36-10-0402-01)
Real GDP Growth
Real GDP Growth Rate measures the economic growth, using the gross domestic product (GDP) values, from one year to another, and it is adjusted for inflation.
Source: Statistics Canada (Table: 36-10-0402-01)
Debt-to-GDP Ratio
Debt-to-GDP Ratio is the ratio between a provincial government's debt and its gross domestic product (GDP).

Population Highlights Include: Population Growth rates, Sources of Population Changes, and Provincial Average and Median Age

Population Growth Rates
This graph shows the changes in population of New Brunswick quarterly since 2002. The graph shows the population growth rates for both Canada and New Brunswick.
Source: Statistics Canada (Table: 17-10-0008-01)
Sources of Population Change
The three factors of population change taken into account for this graph are natural change (number of births and deaths), net international and interprovincial migration.
Source: Statistics Canada (Table: 17-10-0008-01)
Age by Province
*Graph related to 2021 Data
This graph shows the median and average age of the population in all the provinces in Canada and in Canada as a whole.
Source: Statistics Canada(Table: 17-10-0005-01)

Trade Highlights Include: Trade Balances, Value of Exports and Imports, and Number of Exporting Firms

Trade Balances
This graph shows New Brunswick's trade balances over time. The values are in millions of Canadian dollars (current dollars). The graph shows total, provincial, and international trade balances.
Source: Statistics Canada(Table: 36-10-0222-01)
NB value of Exports and Imports
Here, we look into the value of exports and imports (in 2020 constant prices) of New Brunswick since 2002. All values are in billions of dollars.
Source: Statistics Canada (Table: 36-10-0222-01)
Number of exporting firms
This graph shows the number of firms participating in foreign trade since 2005. This indicator is essential to the trade balance indicator.
Source: Statistics Canada (Table: 12-10-0104-01)
Natural Resources

Natural Resource Highlights Include: Forestry, Mining and Fisheries and Agriculture

This graph tries to show the performance of the forestry industries in New Brunswick. These values are the value of international exports by forestry sectors (in 2012 chained dollars).
Source: Statistics Canada (Table: 36-10-0402-01)
This graph shows the performance of the mining industries in New Brunswick. These values are the value of international exports by mining sectors (in 2012 chained dollars).
Source: Statistics Canada (Table: 36-10-0402-01)
Fisheries and Agriculture
This graph shows the performance of the fisheries and agriculture industries in New Brunswick. These values are the value of international exports by fisheries and agriculture sectors (in 2012 chained dollars).
Source: Statistics Canada (Table: 36-10-0402-01)

Investment Highlights Include: R&D Per Capita, R&D Funding by Sources, and Labour Productivity

R&D Per Capita
*Graph related to 2019/2020 Data
This graph shows the expenditure on research and development divided by the number of New Brunswickers. The values are in 2012 constant dollars.
R&D Funding by Sources
This pie chart shows the sources that fund research and development programs within the province of New Brunswick. This chart is related to 2019/2020 data.
Source: Statistics Canada (Table: 27-10-0025-01)
Labour Productivity
Labour pruductivity is a measure of output (Gross Domestic Product of GDP) per labour hour. The values in the graph are in 2012 chained dollars per hour.
Source: Statistics Canada (Table: 36-10-0480-01)

Labour Highlights Include: Average Weekly Wage, Labour Force Participation Rate and Post Secondary Education

Average Weekly Wage
This chart shows the growth of wages in current prices since 2002. The chart includes the average weekly wages in Canada and in New Brunswick.
Source: Statistics Canada (Table: 14-10-0204-01)
Labour Force Participation Rate
Labour Force Participation Rate is the percentage of the population that is currently working or actively seeking employment. This chart shows the rates for both Canada and New Brunswick.
Source: Statistics Canada (Table: 14-10-0327-01)
PSE Attainment Rate
Attainment Rate is the percentage of people with a certain level of education completed. Note, this is not a measure for the number of graduates per year more like the number of degree/diploma holders per year.
Source: Statistics Canada (Table: 17-10-0005-01)
Social and Environmental Welfare

Social and Environmental Welfare Highlights Include: GHG Emissions, Life Satisfaction, and Income Equality

GHC Emissions
Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions accelerates the rising global temperature. This chart shows the amount of megatonnes of Carbon Dioxide equivalent GHG were emitted by the province.
Life Satisfaction
*Graph related to 2020 Data
In order to collect this data, researchers have relied primarily on self-report scales to assess happiness and life satisfaction. This chart shows life satisfaction in all Canadian provinces.
Source: Statistics Canada (Table: 13-10-0096-01)
Poverty Rates
Poverty rate is percentage of peoples who are not able to afford a basic level of subsistence. This graph shows poverty rates since 2015 with 2018 as a base.
Source: Statistics Canada (Table: 11-10-0135-01)

Non-Graphic Legend

The Font Colour Indicates The Status of Goal



Fisheries and Agriculture    

Greenhouse Gas Emissions    

Interprovincial Migration    

Net Debt-to-GDP Ratio    

Post-Secondary Education and Training    


Progressing Not on Track

Forestry in New Brunswick    

International Migration    

Labour Force Participation    

Labour Productivity    

Youth Employment    

Not Progressing

Firms Participation in Foreign Export Trades    

Mining in New Brunswick    

Non-Government Employment    

Post-Secondary Research and Development    

Real Non-Residential Private Sector Investment    

Value of Exports    


Real GDP Growth    

Tourism Expansion    

Life Satisfaction    

Aboriginal and First Nations Employment Rates     

Not Up to Date

Retention of International Students     

New Business Startups     

Research and Development Partnerships    

Venture Capital     

Municipal Stability     

Business and Consumer Confidence *Integrated into Goal 21*