Bell Aliant will build a $25-million data centre in Saint John.

The announcement of the project was made Tuesday in Saint John by Karen Sheriff, the president of Bell Aliant.

Karen Sheriff

Bell Aliant president Karen Sheriff announced a new data centre for Saint John on Tuesday. (Neville Crabbe / CBC)

The centre will cover 2,160 square metres (24,000 sq. ft) and is being built to meet the current and future needs of the information and communications technology sector in New Brunswick.

"Businesses need reliable, secure, scalable data services, and we are making the necessary infrastructure investments to boost Bell Aliant's Atlantic Canada data centre offering to meet that need," said Sheriff.

"We will build one of the most advanced and innovative data centre facilities in North America – and as the information and communications technology sector continues to grow, guarantee our capacity to expand and attract future investment," she said.

The centre will support one megawatt of equipment on the data centre floor, with the potential to expand to handle four megawatts of equipment.

About 50 jobs will be created through construction and operation of the centre.

The provincial government will contribute $5 million to the project.

"New Brunswick's knowledge economy is growing and creating new opportunities for job creation," said Premier David Alward. "Our government's investment in this leading-edge data centre will help New Brunswick companies attract new investment and create jobs here at home."