Oct. 23, 2009
SCOUDOUC, (CNB) - The provincial and federal governments are investing almost $24 million in projects in the local service district (LSD) of Scoudouc and 13 other New Brunswick communities to assist with local infrastructure priorities. Local Government Minister Bernard LeBlanc and Senator Percy Mockler made the announcement today in Scoudouc.
"Today's infrastructure investments contribute to the sustainability of our communities, provide capacity for future community growth, and are important to ensuring that communities continue to be places where people can live in a healthy, clean and safe environment," said LeBlanc. "Our government strongly believes in the importance of renewing and improving community infrastructure throughout New Brunswick as we progress on the road to self-sufficiency."
Funding will support projects in the LSD of Scoudouc, Spring Garden (LSD of Moncton), St. Margaret (Miramichi), Shediac, Moncton, the LSD of Simonds, the villages of Bouctouche, Rexton, Rogersville, Saint-Louis-de-Kent, Alma, Port Elgin and St. Martins; and the community of Apohaqui.
"The Government of Canada is proud to partner with New Brunswick in helping municipalities meet their important infrastructure needs," said Mockler. "By investing in priorities such as water distribution, road work and other infrastructure improvement projects, we are moving forward on our commitment to create local jobs and boost the economy."
The Government of Canada is providing about $20.9 million from its Gas Tax Fund for eligible projects in the 14 communities, with the provincial government providing about $2.9 million. The remaining project costs will be covered by municipal and other contributions.
The federal government has extended the Gas Tax Fund 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 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.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Background information on 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, Infrastructure and Communities Minister, 613-991-0700; Infrastructure Canada, 613-948-1148.
Gas Tax Fund in New Brunswick
The Gas Tax Fund 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 include public transit, water and wastewater infrastructure, community energy systems, management of solid waste, local roads and bridges, and capacity-building.
Today's funding announcement is for projects in 14 communities, with a total joint federal and provincial contribution of nearly $24 million. The Government of Canada is providing about $20.9 million for these projects, while the provincial government is providing about $2.9 million. The remaining project costs will be covered by municipal and other contributions.
The local service district (LSD) of Scoudouc is receiving $4 million for the construction of a direct access road to the Scoudouc Industrial Park. Current access to the park is via Route 132 and residential streets, totalling more than six kilometres. The construction of a one-kilometre direct-access road will eliminate more than five kilometres of this distance.
Federal contributions from the Gas Tax Fund for projects in 13 other New Brunswick communities are: