The workforce at the Air Canada contact centre in Millidgeville is going to be nearly doubling in size with the creation of up to 227 jobs over five years.
This workforce expansion is with the help of payroll rebates of up to $1.5-million from Opportunities New Brunswick, a Crown corporation. Premier Brian Gallant was on hand at the contact centre this afternoon for this announcement.
"We're very pleased to be offering this incentive that is a responsible way to at the same time protect taxpayers' money all the while ensuring that we're providing incentives for businesses to invest and create more jobs here in our province," said Gallant.
Kevin Howlett is Air Canada's senior vice-president of regional markets and government relations and he says hiring has already begun.
"We already have 300 on staff now, so we want to move to that 500 objective as quickly as we can," says Howlett, "so you're going to see hiring continuing here over the next number of months."
Air Canada is investing over $1-million in renovations for the contact centre, a 24-7 operation that opened up in 1996.