March 23, 2009
CARAQUET (CNB) - Residents of Caraquet, Shippagan and Tracadie-Sheila will benefit from joint provincial and federal investments to improve local water and wastewater services under the communities component of the Building Canada Fund.
These projects will enhance local facilities and services and create jobs, at a time when the need for economic stimulus is the greatest.
Combined provincial and federal funding of more than $2.6 million was announced by Hédard Albert, minister of wellness, culture and sport, and Senator Percy Mockler.
"Green infrastructure projects and the funding for these three projects are very important to New Brunswick's self-sufficiency agenda," said Albert. "Our government's investment will help ensure that Caraquet, Shippagan and Tracadie-Sheila have quality infrastructure to protect residents' health and wellness and the environment."
Albert was speaking on behalf of Environment Minister Roland Haché.
Provincial, federal and municipal governments will each invest up to $915,304 in the Caraquet project, which involves the expansion of the existing lagoon. The project will help the town control overflows and process sewage more effectively, considerably reducing the environmental impact and operating costs.
In Shippagan, each of the three levels of government will invest up to $378,227 to upgrade the sanitary sewer line serving Pointe-Brûlée Street. This will give area residents the option of connecting to the municipal sewer system, in addition to drastically reducing spillage of wastewater in Shippagan Bay, which will help preserve the oyster beds in the area.
In Tracadie-Sheila, the town will undertake a study on the protection of catchment areas near a well with an investment of $22,882 from the three levels of government. The proposed study will use detailed computer modelling of the aquifer to identify protection zones for the well. Land use constraints will then be applied to these zones to protect the municipal water supply and ensure a sustainable supply.
Funding for all three projects is contingent on completion of all contractual agreements, including pending environmental impact assessments with the municipalities.
"The Government of Canada is working together with both levels of government to deliver results to the people of New Brunswick with improvements and upgrades to water and wastewater systems," said Mockler. "The federal investment of more than $1.3 million will make a difference in these communities by improving the quality of life for the people who live and work there, and by helping the local economy now and for years to come."
These projects are two of 32 across the province that will get underway quickly thanks to a joint federal-provincial investment of more than $38 million. Together with municipal contributions, the total investment in local infrastructure improvements in New Brunswick during this first stage exceeds $57 million. The governments of Canada and New Brunswick have taken steps to advance funding for infrastructure projects in New Brunswick communities in the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce MacFarlane, managing director, Communications New Brunswick,
506-444-4606; Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700; Richard Roik, director of communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649.