I have never figured out why New Brunswick doesn’t do more to leverage its language skills for economic development. Take the translation industry. A fairly good paying industry. We have a good translation program at UdeM. You would think that a few people would see that as an interesting career opportunity and you would further think there would be economic development opportunities.
It is true that every few years some level of government throws a few bucks at the sector. But really, this is an industry that has had pitiful success in New Brunswick. We are supposed to be the only officially bilingual province in Canada.
From the 2001 to 2006 Census, we had a decline in the number of persons employed as Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters.