Bathurst region needs hundreds of new housing units to match population growth

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bathurst-region-needs-hundreds-of-new-housing-units-to-match-population-growthBathurst region needs hundreds of new housing units to match population growth

New Brunswick

City needs 330 new units in the next two years to keep up with growth.

New study shows need for 330 new units in city within next two years

Kim Chamberlain

Bathurst Mayor Kim Chamberlain says she will continue to call for more student housing developments in the city. A ‘misunderstanding’ likely contributed to the concerns residents raised about a recent proposal, she says. (Alexandre Silberman/CBC News)

On a hilltop campus overlooking Chaleur Bay, hundreds of international students are filling classrooms at the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, bringing a boost to the Bathurst region after decades of population decline.

For the first time since the 1980s, the small northern New Brunswick city is seeing an influx of new residents. It’s a change driven by immigration, new health-care workers and students from around the world.

Pierre Zundel, the college’s president, says there are plans for a $150-million expansion to welcome even more students. But he warns the progress on his campus could soon come to a halt if students keep struggling to find a place to live.

“We cannot grow if the housing market does not grow. It is our limiting factor in Bathurst right now,” he said.

Pierre Zundel

Pierre Zundel, president of Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, said housing is the limiting factor restricting the school from continuing to increase its enrolment of international students. (Alexandre Silberman/CBC News)

As an area with limited rentals,

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