Created in 1944 during war time as the Department of Industry and Reconstruction, the Department has since had several name changes and has been known as the Department of Industry, Department of Economic Growth, and Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Culture.
The department was renamed Business New Brunswick on March 23, 2000 when PremierBernard Lord restructured the New Brunswick Cabinet. It was created by subdividing the then Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Culture. It was enlarged on October 9, 2001 when it absorbed the Department of Investment and Exports which has also been originally created from Economic Development, Tourism and Culture.
<nowiki>*</nowiki>Doucet was minister of industry and reconstruction until 1948 and was thereafter minister of industry and development.