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Our City has a diverse, vibrant, resilient, environmentally sound economy that actively supports wealth creation, innovation, entrepreneurship and individual economic well-being.*

Saint John has a history as a hub for business, industry and innovation.
Creativity and ingenuity have always driven the economy of the city. The variable pitch propeller, the cable ferry, and the steam powered foghorn  were invented here.

Today, ICT, knowledge, advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare and tourism sectors continue to form Saint John's economic base. The City also has five industrial parks and is strategically located as a global multi-modal gateway to the American Northeast through our road, air, rail and port connections. 

This is a city built on business with people in mind. Employers, employees and entrepreneurs alike have easy access to recreation, leisure, retail, affordable housing and the largest transit system in the New Brunswick.

Here's what others have to say:

  • MacLean’s Magazine named the City the Eighth Best Managed City in Canada. The City placed third in the governance and finance categories.
  • Top 15 Cities For Business In Canada - Canadian Business Magazine
  • 2010 Cultural Capital of Canada – Heritage Canada
  • Twice Named Canada’s Best City For Business - Globe & Mail Report On Business Magazine
  • Four consecutive years named Canada’s Most Affordable City - Runzheimer Canada and Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation

Find out more about our labour market and doing business in Saint John.

If you re-locating to Saint John, learn more about the city at Saint John Life on your Terms.

Over the past five years, the City of Saint John is becoming well-known for its efforts to “lead the nation as an example of a sustainable community.” *

Employees from the of City Saint John were recognized internationally for their work on the City’s sustainability planning initiatives at the Sustainable Cities: Plus Network Biennial Conference in Durban, South Africa. Saint John was one of three cities featured.

The City of Saint John together with the New Brunswick Department of the Environment launched Sustainable Saint John. Over 45 people representing a cross section of community in the Saint John region work towards reaching one common goal: to bring together government, residents, businesses and community groups to build capacity and momentum for sustainability in our region.

The City has been recognized twice for its own Municipal Energy Efficiency Program (MEEP). The MEEP won a 2008 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) award in the Energy category. In 2010 The New Brunswick Conservation Council awarded the City’s energy team its Milton Gregg Conservation Award.

The City is undertaking PlanSJ  the development of a new municipal plan. These documents will create a clear framework for the development of complete communities where Saint Johners will live, work and play.

*From Our Saint John, the community vision statement and 20-year goals.