Local Government

Nine New Brunswick communities benefit from gas tax funding (09/09/09)

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Sept. 9, 2009

HARTLAND (CNB) - The federal and provincial governments are investing $2.7 million in projects in the Town of Hartland and eight other New Brunswick communities to assist with local infrastructure priorities. Local Government Minister Bernard Leblanc and Tobique-Mactaquac MP Mike Allen made the announcement today in Hartland.

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"The New Brunswick government strongly believes in the importance of renewing and improving community infrastructure throughout New Brunswick as we progress on the road to self-sufficiency," said LeBlanc. "Today's infrastructure investments are important to ensuring that communities continue to be places where people can live in a healthy, clean and safe environment."

The Government of Canada is providing up to $2.4 million for eligible projects from its Gas Tax Fund (GTF) and the provincial government is providing approximately $328,000. Remaining project costs will be covered by municipal contributions.

"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting infrastructure projects that encourage economic growth, create jobs and improve our environment," said Allen. "The GTF supports projects that make municipal infrastructure more environmentally sustainable, which contributes to cleaner air, cleaner water and reduced greenhouse gas emissions."

The Government of Canada has extended the GTF beyond 2014, at $2 billion per year. This fund complements the $12 billion in additional infrastructure funding in Canada's Economic Action Plan, which is accelerating and expanding existing federal investments in infrastructure stimulus funding over the next two years.

Canada and New Brunswick are working together to create jobs and boost the economy, while making significant investments that help communities improve their infrastructure. Both governments have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently so that construction can begin as soon as possible.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Additional information about the Gas Tax Fund in New Brunswick follows. MEDIA CONTACTS: Mark Barbour, communications officer, Department of Local Government, 506-444-4693; Chris Day, press secretary, Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, 613-991-0700; Infrastructure Canada, 613-948-1148.

Gas Tax Fund in New Brunswick

The Gas Tax Fund (GTF) provides predictable, stable, long-term funding, increasing the capacity of communities to undertake the long-term financial commitments needed to address local priorities.

Eligible categories of investment under the GTF include public transit, water and waste water infrastructure, community energy systems, the management of solid waste, and local roads and bridges.

Today's funding announcement is for projects in nine communities at an estimated cost of about $2.7 million. The Government of Canada is providing up to $2.4 million for these projects, while the provincial government is providing about $328,000. The remaining project costs will be covered by municipal contributions.

The Town of Hartland is receiving $146,050 in GTF funding between 2005 and 2010 for sidewalk repairs, to which the Government of New Brunswick will add $37,751 for a total of $183,801.

GTF funding for projects in eight other New Brunswick communities is as follows:

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