Local Government

Unconditional grant funding announced for municipalities, rural communities (09/11/09)

NB 1767

Nov. 9, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswick municipalities and rural communities will receive $68,030,169 in unconditional grant funding in 2010, Local Government Minister Bernard LeBlanc announced today.

"Even though government must practice restraint during these difficult economic times, we have decided that the unconditional grant for each municipality and rural community must be maintained at the same amount as allocated in 2009," said LeBlanc. "In order for our province to achieve self-sufficiency, New Brunswick municipalities and rural communities are key to our social goals and our economic competitiveness.

"Our government recognizes the significant role that our cities, towns and villages play in providing services to residents of their communities. We are committed to continuing to work in collaboration with these local governments to support them during these challenging economic times."

LeBlanc said that the provincial government also provides financial investments in municipalities, local service districts and rural communities in other ways, including funding from various government programs for infrastructure projects, official languages, economic development, highways and emergency services.

The Department of Local Government will be introducing a legislative amendment to the Municipal Assistance Act this fall to establish the unconditional grant funding for 2010 for each municipality.

The list of unconditional grants for each of the 101 municipalities and three rural communities may be found online.


MEDIA CONTACT: Mark Barbour, communication officer, Department of Local Government, 506-444-4693.