2009-10 budget estimates / Public Safety (09/04/22)
April 22, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The Department of Public Safety will invest $123.6 million in 2009-10, up $5.584 million over last year. These figures were contained in the budget
estimates released by John W. Foran, minister of public safety and solicitor general.
"People and businesses want to locate in places where they can be safe," Foran said. "That is why our investments in safety are a key component to our economic growth and our
goal of self-sufficiency."
Among the highlights:
- $3.6 million to modernize the motor vehicle system. The outdated system will be replaced with one that is efficient, responsive and cost-effective;
- $2.7 million to go toward the new Gaming Control Branch, which regulates casino and video lottery gaming; it also licenses charitable gaming;
- $1 million to cover the additional costs associated with more adults being sentenced to custody in provincial jails;
- the department will no longer send out renewal notices for vehicle registration. This will result in savings of $350,000;
- there will be a re-alignment of the commercial vehicle enforcement mobile fleet, with a reduction in vehicles. This will result in savings of $368,000. The remaining vehicles will
go to a pooling system, which will make more efficient use of the fleet; and
- funding for two new correctional centres in southeast New Brunswick and Dalhousie was announced in December's capital budget. Land has been bought for both facilities;
preliminary design work has been done; and the first construction tenders should be awarded this fall. Construction is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2011.
"We believe we have put forth a budget that is fiscally prudent and focused on the most important issues for New Brunswickers," Foran said. "The combination of strategically
applied funding and program efficiencies will help us continue our efforts to build a safer New Brunswick."
MEDIA CONTACT: Daniel Lessard, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-453-4433.