Aug. 31, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The federal and New Brunswick governments are joining the City of Fredericton in investing $5 million to upgrade the city's main wastewater treatment plant. The announcement was made today by Environment Minister Rick Miles; Keith Ashfield, minister of state responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA); and Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside.
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are each investing more than $1.6 million toward the total eligible cost of the project. The City of Fredericton is contributing the balance.
"I am pleased that the federal and provincial governments could support this project, which will improve community infrastructure while ensuring the environment is preserved and protected," said Miles.
The project involves major improvements to the existing treatment plant, which serves 90 per cent of the local population and is processing twice the waste water it was designed to handle. The upgrades will increase the plant's capacity to meet current standards, protect the local water courses and prepare the city for future growth.
"The Government of Canada recognizes that modern, reliable infrastructure can attract business and create jobs for today and for years to come," said Ashfield.
This project is one of 32 across the province that will get underway quickly as the result of 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 infrastructure projects in New Brunswick for the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.
"We pride ourselves on being a green city, and I want to thank our federal and provincial partners for their investment in this essential municipal infrastructure," said Woodside. "These funds will be used to upgrade the Barker Street waste water treatment plant to ensure we continue to serve the needs of our growing population and to protect our environment."
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 stimulus funding over two years. The federal and provincial governments are working closely to ensure that these infrastructure funds are spent on priority projects across the province.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-457-7206; Richard Roik, communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs; 613-996-4649; Sharon Stanford-Rutter, communications, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, New Brunswick, 506-451-2677.