FREDERICTON -- New Brunswick's newest cabinet ministers will be sworn-in this afternoon during a ceremony at the Fredericton legislature.

Premier David Alward announced a major overhaul of his cabinet last month.

He pulled four members from the backbenches and strayed from a promise to reduce the number of ministers in his government.

Among the new ministers is Ted Flemming.

The member for Rothesay, who was elected in June, takes the health portfolio.

Other changes include moving Madeleine Dube from Health to Social Development.

She replaces Sue Stultz, who's headed to Government Services.

Saint John-Lancaster member Dorothy Shephard moves into cabinet for the first time as she takes the reins of the new Department of Healthy and Inclusive Communities.

The Progressive Conservative government will have 17 cabinet ministers, not including Alward.

During the 2010 election, Alward promised to reduce the size of cabinet to 15 ministers.

Alward has said his cabinet is still smaller than that of the previous Liberal government.