Newfoundland Labrador 2010 Budget Highlights

Economic Performance 2009

    • Real GDP declined 8.9%.
    • Employment fell by 2.5% and the unemployment rate increased to 15.5%.
    • Retail sales grew by 2.6% – the strongest performance in the country, with Newfoundland and Labrador being one of only two provinces to record sales growth.
    • Labour income increased by 4.2% – the second best performance among provinces.
    • Housing starts of 3,057; the second highest in 20 years.
    • Capital investment growth ranked fourth among provinces.
    • Personal income growth of 3.9% and disposable income growth of 4.7%.
    • Population of 508,925 as of July 1, 2009, an increase of 0.5% and the largest percentage increase since 1983.
    • Non-resident travel and tourism visitors increased 0.7% to 483,200 with expenditure growth of 1.4% to $375 million.
  • 2010 Economic Outlook
    • Real GDP forecast growth of 4.0%.
    • Employment growth of 2.3% to 219,900.
    • Unemployment rate forecast to decline 0.6 percentage points to 14.9%.
    • Personal income and disposable income growth of 3.9% and 3.3% respectively, aided by wage gains and employment growth.
    • Retail sales growth of 5.0%.
    • Increase in population of 0.5% due to positive net migration.
    • Capital investment expected to increase by 23.0% to $6.2 billion.
    • Housing starts expected to increase 1.5% to 3,102. Residential construction spending of $1.6 billion, an increase of 3.5%.
    • Value of mineral shipments expected to increase about 60%, to $3.1 billion.
    • Total overnight tourist visits expected to increase by 1.3%.

2010 Investments in Infrastructure

Funding for the Conception Bay South Bypass extension, Team Gushue Highway extension and completion of the Torbay Bypass;

2010 Investments in Diversification

More than $126 million in funding for initiatives under the Departments of Finance, Business and Innovation, Trade and Rural Development including:

  • $61 million in tax credits and incentives;
  • $11 million in the Regional/Sectoral Diversification Fund;
  • $2 million in the Aerospace and Defence Development Fund;
  • $1 million for the Innovation Enhancement Fund plus $1 million in the Commercialization Fund, both under the Innovation Strategy;
  • $1 million in the Oil and Gas Manufacturing and Services Export Development Fund as part of a two-year $3 million commitment;
  • $4.9 million under the five-year Oceans of Opportunity Strategy to advance the ocean technology sector; and
  • Other programs including the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Fund, the Business Attraction Fund, and the Business and Market Development Program.

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