Aug. 18, 2009
ST. ANDREWS (CNB) - St. Andrews residents will benefit from joint federal and provincial funding to upgrade the town's wastewater treatment plant. The announcement was made today by Minister of Fisheries Rick Doucet, and Greg Thompson, minister of veterans affairs.
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are each investing $976,324 toward the total eligible cost of the project, with the Town of St. Andrews contributing the balance.
"This project will contribute to the sustainability of our community infrastructure in the long-term," said Doucet. "Infrastructure investments are important in ensuring that communities such as St. Andrews continue to be places where people can live in a healthy, clean and safe environment."
The plant, which is located on Prince of Wales Street, is more than 25 years old, with outdated equipment and reaching capacity. Improvements will create a modern plant capable of meeting the town's current and future treatment needs, and will reduce power consumption, provide cost savings, and lessen the impact on the environment.
"Our federal investment of nearly $1 million will help St. Andrews improve important sewer infrastructure," said Thompson. "Our government recognizes that modern, reliable infrastructure can improve quality of life, attract business and create jobs for today and for years to come."
"This is another terrific opportunity for Saint Andrews as we recognize the importance of maintaining proper treatment facilities for wastewater for our growing community," said St. Andrews Mayor John Craig.
This project is one 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.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Graham, communications officer, Department of Environment, 506-457-7206; Richard Roik, director of communications; Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649.