March 14, 2009
MIRAMICHI (CNB) - Residents of Miramichi will benefit from an upgrade to the city's water and wastewater system, thanks to joint federal and provincial funding of nearly $1 million. The announcement was made today in Miramichi by Public Safety Minister John W. Foran, and Miramichi MP Tilly O'Neill-Gordon. The project will enhance local facilities and services, and create local jobs at a time when the need for economic stimulus is greatest.
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick will each invest up to $492,739 in the project. The City of Miramichi will contribute an equal amount toward total eligible project costs of $1,478,217.
"Our government's investment will help ensure that the City of Miramichi has quality infrastructure to protect the environment and the health and wellness of city residents," said Foran. "Having strong infrastructure is vital in order for our province to remain positioned to be self-sufficient."
Foran spoke on behalf of Environment Minister Roland Haché.
"The Government of Canada is working with the provincial and municipal governments to deliver results to the people of New Brunswick with improvements and upgrades to water and wastewater systems in Miramichi," said O'Neill-Gordon. "The federal investment of more than $490,000 will make a difference in this community by improving the quality of life for the people who live and work here, and helping the local economy now and for years to come."
The project involves replacing century-old water and sanitary sewer piping, as well as a section of storm sewer along Pleasant Street between Jane Street and Newcastle Boulevard. The new watertight system will decrease incidents of discharge of untreated water, and reduce the risk of water contamination. The resulting benefits will include decreased water use, and higher levels of reliability and service for water and wastewater collection and treatment systems. Funding for the project is contingent upon completion of all contractual agreements, including pending environmental impact assessments with municipalities.
"We are more than pleased to partner with the provincial and federal governments to improve our local water services," said Miramichi Mayor Gerry Cormier. "Not only is this a step toward better protecting the environment, it will also provide our community with a more efficient wastewater collection system, and help generate employment in this region."
This is one of 32 projects across the province that will get underway quickly thanks to a joint federal-provincial investment of more than $38 million. Together with municipal contributions, more than $57 million will be invested in local infrastructure improvements in New Brunswick. The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are working together to provide long-term, stable and predictable funding to help meet infrastructure needs across the country, and to support stronger, safer and better communities.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, managing director, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-4606; Jennifer Graham, communications officer, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700; Richard Roik, director of communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649.