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Computer Generated Solutions Canada plans 75 new N.B. jobs in Saint John

The New Brunswick government will help subsidize 75 new computer software jobs at Computer Generated Solutions Canada Ltd.'s office in Saint John.

Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau announced on Thursday the province is handing over $1.2 million in payroll rebates to the company, which already employs 83 people in the city.

While having good workers in Saint John were key to enticing the company to expand, Boudreau said the payroll rebates helped make it happen in New Brunswick, instead of a competing jurisdiction.

"This company could literally set up in many locations around the world," Boudreau said.

"Obviously we've got trained, good trained staff here, we've got a good business environment. But every province, every jurisdiction is in the hunt for these types of companies."

The company must hire all the employees by 2012, and must maintain the jobs for a number of years. If the company meets those requirements, it will not have to pay back the money.

Energy Minister Jack Keir, a Saint John-area Liberal MLA, told a news conference on Thursday how Phil Friedman, the company's president and chief executive officer, first decided to locate a part of the business in New Brunswick.

"Phil Friedman first had made contact with Saint John because he came into Saint John on a cruise ship and fell in love with the city," Keir said.

"And it was because of that cruise ship visit that Phil decided to do business in Saint John, New Brunswick." (source: CBC)

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