Aug. 17, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - The federal and New Brunswick governments are jointly investing almost $16 million in six water improvement projects in Saint John. The investments will support the construction, upgrade and improvement of water treatment and distribution infrastructure in the city.
"These upgrades and improvements will ensure that the people of Saint John and New Brunswick have good, reliable drinking water," said Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson. "This is yet another example of what can be achieved through partnership and co-operation among the three levels of government."
Jamieson spoke on behalf of Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, and Environment Minister Rick Miles.
"This investment to improve Saint John's water infrastructure was one of my Four in Four priorities for the next four years," said Saint John MP Rodney Weston. "It has been the city's Number One priority, and it has been my priority since I was elected last October."
Six projects will receive federal funding from this investment, including:
"This is a vital first step," said Saint John Mayor Ivan Court. "It will allow common council to move forward in partnership with the other levels of government on council's Number One priority of clean safe drinking water."
Federal funding will come from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The federal and provincial governments will jointly fund up to two-thirds of the estimated eligible project costs, or a maximum of almost $8 million each. Saint John will fund the remaining costs, also estimated at $8 million.
Canada and New Brunswick have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently so that construction may begin as soon as possible.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Vicky Deschênes, communications, Department of Environment, 506-457-7202; Chris Day, Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, 613-991-0700; and Infrastructure Canada, 613-948-1148.