Residents of the New Brunswick village of Canada feared to disappear due to the decline of their population. They started selling land for $ 1 to prevent the village from being erased from the map.

The village of New Brunswick, a village of 1,250 people, 74 kilometers southwest of Fredericton, was about to disappear some years ago. Village residents began to sell nearly 16 acres of land for one dollar.

McAdam Mayor Ken Stannix said that the offer resulted in more than 600 calls and emails, including from people as far away as Egypt, Dubai, India and Pakistan. The village found 11 suitable buyers. Five lots are still available.

The mayor said that buyers from different regions were young families. “The majority are from the other provinces. We have a few that were from United States,” Stannix told CTV Atlantic. “Most of them seem to be wanting to get away from the cities and move to a quieter place.”

Stannnix says that for the first time in almost 50 years the population of the town has increased.

“I used to hear that McAdam was a dead town and now I don’t hear that,” he said. “I hear that McAdam is growing. People are excited about it.”

The village is not the only region in the region that decreases its population. In other parts of Canada, there were similar events. In 2017, Smooth Rock Falls, a town in northern Ontario, sold up to $ 500 land to attract new residents in some areas. A year ago, NS offered free land and work to anyone who moved into a shop in Whycocomagh.


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