Oct. 23, 2009
ALLARDVILLE (CNB) - The federal and New Brunswick governments are investing about $5.7 million to assist with local infrastructure priorities in Allardville and eight other New Brunswick communities. Local Government Minister Bernard LeBlanc and Sen. Percy Mockler made the announcement here today.
"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 may live in a healthy, clean and safe environment."
The federal government is providing more than $5.4 million for eligible projects in the nine communities from its Gas Tax Fund. The provincial government is investing $256,664, while the remaining project costs will be covered by municipal, private and other contributions.
"Our government is pleased to partner with the Province of New Brunswick to help municipalities meet the infrastructure needs of their communities," said Mockler. "Our government has delivered for municipalities by doubling the federal gas tax transfers, allowing projects to start construction and create jobs faster than ever. Improvements to municipal buildings, water distribution facilities and upgrades to local roads will create healthy, vibrant hometowns today and for the future."
The funding will supports projects in Allardville, Dalhousie Junction, Atholville, Belledune, Eel River Crossing, Lac-Baker, Nigadoo, Point La Nim and Petit-Rocher.
Eligible categories of investment under the Gas Tax Fund include public transit, water and wastewater infrastructure, community energy systems, management of solid waste local roads and bridges, and capacity building.
New Brunswick will receive $294.6 million in Gas Tax funding for infrastructure projects by 2014. Through this, communities may invest in infrastructure projects that address local priorities and help to produce shared national outcomes.
The federal government has extended the Gas Tax Fund beyond 2014 at $2 billion per year. As such, 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: A backgrounder about the Gas Tax Fund in New Brunswick follows. MEDIA CONTACTS: Mark Barbour, communications, 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.
Gax 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. New Brunswick will receive more than $294.6 million in federal support for infrastructure by 2014.
Today's announcement is for projects in nine communities with a total joint federal and provincial contribution of about $5.7 million. The federal government is providing more than $5.4 million, while the provincial government is providing $256,664. Remaining project costs will be covered by municipal, private and other contributions.
The federal government provided $2.1 million in Gas Tax funding support toward the completed upgrades and extension of the wastewater system in Allardville.
Gas Tax funding for projects in eight other communities are as follows: