Aug. 6, 2009
EDMUNDSTON (CNB) - Joint federal and provincial funding to upgrade water and wastewater systems will soon benefit residents of Edmundston and Clair.
The announcement was made today in Edmundston by Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Donald Arseneault, who is also minister responsible for the Northern New Brunswick Infrastructure Initiative; and Senator Percy Mockler.
"These infrastructure investments are more than make-work projects," said Arseneault. "These investments will ensure that communities such as Edmundston and Clair continue to be places where people can live in a healthy, clean and safe environment."
The projects will enhance local facilities and services, and create local jobs at a time when the need for economic stimulus is greatest.
"Our federal investment of more than $2.3 million will assist these communities in upgrading important water and sewer infrastructure," said Mockler. "The governments of Canada and New Brunswick recognize the importance of infrastructure investments to building a strong economy and improving the quality of life for Canadians, which is why we are working together to accelerate progress on projects such as these being announced today."
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick will each invest more than $1.6 million in the Edmundston infrastructure project, and more than $640,000 in the Clair project, for a total of almost $2.3 million. The municipalities will each contribute the balance of the total eligible project costs of more than $6.9 million.
The Edmundston project aims to improve the collection of heavy rainfall to reduce and eliminate problems with sewer back-up and overflow into rivers, and reduce flooding at key intersections. Improvements will include work on the north side of the Trans-Canada Highway in order to channel surface run-off to the ditches rather than the combined sewer.
Work in Clair will involve an upgrade to the sewer and wastewater treatment system, which sustained damage during the April 2008 flood. In addition to replacing an obsolete aeration system, the work will also allow more households and businesses to connect to the municipal system.
These projects are among 32 across the province that will get underway quickly, thanks to a joint federal-provincial investment of more than $48 million announced on July 24. The governments of Canada and New Brunswick have taken steps to advance projects and provide money faster for targeted infrastructure projects in New Brunswick communities in the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.
The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure, with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years. The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick are working together to ensure that these infrastructure funds are being spent on priority projects across the province.
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