Bell Canada announces national service centre, 150 new jobs for Fredericton

**Updated at 12:07 p.m.**

Bell Canada will receive up to $3.6 million in payroll rebates from the province to help create up to 150 full-time jobs in Fredericton.

The company announced Friday that it will establish a national service centre in the provincial capital.

The employees will be working with some of Bell's largest customers across the country on technical issues and network security.

Premier Brian Gallant says the new centre will strengthen the province's information technology sector and the economy.

The province says the new jobs are expected to generate an estimated $7.5 million in provincial income taxes and contribute $60.3 million to the province's GDP over five years.

Bell must prove that it has created and maintained the jobs for at least one year in order to be eligible for the funding from Opportunities NB.

The company, which employs more than 1,500 people across New Brunswick, also announced that it is investing $100,000 in the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity at the University of New Brunswick.

Bell Canada is a division of BCE Inc, which owns and operates this station through Bell Media.

With files from The Canadian Press