New Brunswick

N.B. signs cross-border work agreement with Quebec

New Brunswickers working in the construction industry will now have an easier time getting work in Quebec.

New Brunswickers working in the construction industry will now have an easier time getting work in Quebec.

Premier Shawn Graham and Quebec Premier Jean Charest signed a labour mobility agreement Friday.

The premiers made the announcement in Caraquet, N.B.

The change is good for New Brunswick workers, Graham said, because construction workers from this province will have the same opportunities to work in Quebec as Quebec workers have had in New Brunswick.

"Quebec workers have always been able to come into New Brunswick and work on projects. The challenge was New Brunswick workers could not go into Quebec to work on respective projects," Graham said.

"Today we have eliminated that barrier to labour mobility. And now it’s the workers which are the top priority and will be able to move over with ease across the border, and, at the same time, have gainful employment and still reside in the community where they live."

The deal is a prelude to a Canada-wide agreement now being worked out by the Council of the Federation. It is expected to be in place by next spring.