Regional Development Corporation

Federal, provincial funding to upgrade infrastructure in three Madawaska communities (09/08/06)

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Aug. 6, 2009

SAINT-LÉONARD (CNB) - Residents of three Madawaska communities will benefit from combined federal and provincial funding of nearly $2.3 million to upgrade drinking water and wastewater collection systems.


Restigouche-la-Vallée Burt Paulin, on behalf of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, who is also minister responsible for the Northern New Brunswick Infrastructure Initiative; and Senator Percy Mockler made the announcement today in Saint-Léonard.

"These upgrades will ensure that the people of New Brunswick have good, reliable drinking water," said Paulin. "This is yet another example of what can be achieved through partnership and co-operation among the three levels of government."

The projects will provide a more modern and greener infrastructure that is the foundation of sustainable long-run economic growth.

"The Government of Canada is taking immediate steps, through the Building Canada Fund - Communities Component, to improve this region's water and waste water infrastructure," said Mockler. "Our federal investment of nearly $1.3 million is building a stronger economy and improving the quality of life for Canadians."

The governments of Canada and New Brunswick will each invest almost $1.3 million in the three projects. Municipalities will contribute the balance of the total eligible project costs of close to $3.9 million.

Saint-Léonard will use more than $1 million in federal and provincial funding to install a new filtration plant to remove iron, manganese and minerals from the drinking water. In addition, the town plans to undertake repairs to its wastewater collection system.

In Rivière-Verte, federal and provincial funding of more than $1 million will go toward adding a complete water treatment system to the current facilities. The community will use new technology called membrane filtration, which eliminates the need to use chemical products that harm the environment.

Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska will benefit from combined funding of nearly $450,000 to install a water filtration system that will reduce concentrations of iron, manganese and arsenic to acceptable levels. In addition, the community will install a remote control system to monitor equipment.

These three 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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