March 23, 2009
BERESFORD (CNB) - Residents of Bathurst and Beresford will benefit from joint federal and provincial 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 greatest.
Combined provincial and federal funding of more than $1.6 million was announced by Environment Minister Roland Haché and Senator Percy Mockler.
"Our government's investment will help ensure communities such as Beresford and Bathurst continue to be places where people can live in a healthy clean and safe environment," said Haché. "These projects help provide safe and reliable drinking water and increase environmental protection through improved wastewater collection and treatment. Overall, these investments contribute to the sustainability of our communities and provide capacity for future community growth."
Provincial, federal and municipal governments will each invest up to $395,106 in the Beresford project, which involves the installation of a water distribution system, a sewage collector and storm sewer systems for Horizon, Heritage and Acadie streets. In Bathurst, each of the three levels of government will invest up to $423,358 to replace two sewage lift stations, one in East Bathurst and the other on Vallée Lourdes Street.
Funding for these projects is contingent on completion of all contractual agreements, including pending environmental impact assessments with municipalities.
"The Government of Canada is working together with both levels of government to deliver results to the people of New Brunswick with and upgrades to water and wastewater systems in Bathurst and Beresford," said Mockler. "Our federal investment of more than $818,000 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 targeted 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