Aug. 6, 2009
BATHURST (CNB) - Residents of three northeast communities will benefit from joint federal and provincial funding to upgrade water and wastewater systems. The projects were announced today by Minister of State for Seniors Brian Kenny, who is also minister responsible for the community non-profit organizations secretariat; and Senator Percy Mockler.
These projects will enhance local facilities and services, and create local jobs at a time when the need for economic stimulus is greatest.
"These upgrades will go a long way in ensuring that public health and the environment in New Brunswick are protected and preserved," said Kenny. "These infrastructure projects will help put people to work in the short term, and in the long term will also contribute to the sustainability of our community infrastructure."
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick will each invest over $1.9 million in the projects. Municipalities will contribute the balance of the total eligible project costs of more than $1.9 million.
Federal, provincial and respective municipal governments will each invest one third of the total eligible costs of the projects. These costs include $3,993,702 for the project in Bathurst, $274,592 for the project in Tracadie-Sheila, $1,442,520 the Lamèque project.
"Our federal investment of more than $1.9 million will help safeguard the quality of life of residents in the northeast, and ensure that our natural resources continue to support future development," said Mockler. "The Government of Canada recognizes that modern, reliable infrastructure can attract business and create jobs for today and for years to come."
The project in Bathurst involves the installation of a new low-lift pump, replacement of a clarifier, and the construction of a new set of filters. The water treatment plant expansion will result in improved plant efficiency and reliability, and provide access to a higher level of water quality for a number of households.
In Tracadie-Sheila, the project aims to upgrade the town's wastewater lift station. The improvements will include greater wastewater system reliability, reduced discharge of untreated effluent. and an increased number of households and businesses that will be connected to the sanitary sewer system.
The Lamèque project will focus on much-needed improvements to the town's water system infrastructure. The benefits for the community include improved drinking water quality and increased water system reliability.
The projects are three of 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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