Fredericton is the capital of the province of New Brunswick. The city is situated in the west-central portion of the province along the Saint John River, which flows west to east as it bisects the city. The river is the dominant natural feature of the area. One of the main urban centres in New Brunswick, the city had a population of 58,220 in the 2016 Canadian Census. It is the third-largest city in the province after Moncton and Saint John.
An important cultural, artistic, and educational centre for the province, Fredericton is home to two universities; university of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University. Fredericton also boasts the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, and cultural institutions such as the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Fredericton Region Museum, and The Playhouse, a performing arts venue. The city hosts the annual Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, attracting regional and international jazz, blues, rock, and world artists. Fredericton is also an important and vibrant centre point for the region's top visual artists; many of New Brunswick's notable artists live and work there today. Fredericton has also been home to some great historical Canadian painters as well, including Goodridge Roberts, and Molly and Bruno Bobak.
As a provincial capital, its economy is tied to the public sector; however, the city also contains a growing IT (in particular in industrial cyber security) and commercial sector. The city has the highest percentage of residents with post-secondary education in the province and the highest per capita income of any city in New Brunswick.
Fredericton has a humid continental climate. The average January low temperature is −16 °C (3 °F), while the average high in July is 26 °C (79 °F). On average, Fredericton receives approximately 1,100 mm (43 in) of precipitation per year. Snowfall is common between late November and early April, and snow usually stays on the ground beginning in December. Flooding occurs during the spring of most years on area rivers and affects the city's low-lying neighbourhoods. Its climate is somewhat influenced by its inland position, with warmer summers and colder winter nights than expected for coastal areas of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is among the many organizations in New Brunswick focused on developing cyber security solutions for the nation. CNL is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology laboratory, dedicated to developing peaceful and innovative applications from nuclear technology. It is headquartered in Chalk River, Ontario on a 9,000 acre site that is home to 17 nuclear facilities and over 3,000 employees.
CNL has long had a presence in Fredericton, where the team has a strong background in developing and deploying plant display systems for mission critical applications internationally. Now, at it's National Innovation Centre for Cyber Security, CNL is focused on helping critical infrastructure achieve the necessary cyber security posture for their industrial control systems, supported by CNL’s state-of-the-art facility that provides the physical equipment and network infrastructure for modelling real plant processes.
To learn more about Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, check out the About CNL page.