Additional infrastructure funding available to communities (09/03/10)

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March 10, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswick communities may obtain more funding for infrastructure projects as the result of a second round of investments by the provincial and federal governments under the communities component of the Building Canada Fund.

The announcement was made today by Environment Minister Roland Haché and Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson.

"Strong infrastructure is vital for New Brunswick to remain positioned to be self-sufficient by 2026," said Haché. "This investment will help facilitate infrastructure projects that are required for New Brunswick to achieve the goal of self-sufficiency and for it to be a stronger contributor to the national economy."

Through the communities component, the provincial and federal governments will invest $27.8 million in this second intake, which will help meet the local infrastructure needs and priorities of New Brunswick villages, towns and rural communities. The two governments invested $38.2 million in the first intake.

"Today's announcement is an important next step in helping communities in New Brunswick," said Thompson, the MP for New Brunswick Southeast. "This additional funding will be used for construction projects such as bridges, roads, and wastewater infrastructure. It will boost local economies, create jobs and, most importantly, build stronger communities."

The deadline for the second intake is Thursday, April 30. All categories under the communities component of the Building Canada Plan will be open for this intake, with a focus on water, wastewater infrastructure, solid waste management, brownfield redevelopment, green energy, disaster mitigation, sports infrastructure, culture and collaborative projects.

Projects will be selected by a federal-provincial committee through a competitive process. Municipalities may submit their applications online (https://bcfcc-fccvc.infrastructure.gc.ca).

"To be sustainable, all New Brunswick communities need to be supported by quality infrastructure that will protect the environment and residents' health and wellness," said Haché. "This second round of funding will serve to promote the sustainability of all our communities so that they will continue to be places where people can be healthy, safe and prosperous."

For more information on the Building Canada plan, visit www.buildingcanada.gc.ca.


MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700; Bruce Macfarlane, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-4606; Chris Day, press secretary, Office of Canada's Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, 613-991-0700; Infrastructure Canada, 613-948-1148.