Regional Development Corporation

Miramichi infrastructure project receives investment from provincial, federal governments (09/09/09)

NB 1298

Sept. 9, 2009

MIRAMICHI (CNB) - Miramichi residents will benefit from joint federal and provincial funding to improve local waste water infrastructure. The project was announced on Tuesday, Sept. 8, by Public Safety Minister John Foran, and Miramichi MP Tilly O'Neill-Gordon.

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"These infrastructure investments are very important to New Brunswick's self-sufficiency agenda," said Foran. "These infrastructure projects contribute to the sustainability of our communities, and ensure that communities such as Miramichi continue to be places where people can live in a healthy, clean and safe environment."

The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are each investing more than $1.3 million towards the project costs. The City of Miramichi is contributing the balance of the $4.2 million total.

"The Government of Canada recognizes that modern, reliable infrastructure can attract business and create jobs for today and for years to come," said O'Neill-Gordon. "Our investment of more than $1.3 million through the Building Canada Fund will help stimulate the local economy and lay the foundation for growth in our community."

The project involves replacing about 1,500 metres of water, sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure along Newcastle Boulevard. These upgrades will improve the reliability of the waste water collection system, significantly reducing the number of incidents of discharge of untreated waste water into a nearby stream. The project will also significantly reduce the operational, maintenance and property damage costs that the city currently incurs due to the aging and inadequate infrastructure.

"We are very pleased to partner with the provincial and federal governments to improve the city's infrastructure," said Miramichi Mayor Gerry Cormier. "We are very appreciative of government's commitment to improving our roads and helping generate employment in this region."

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.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, corporate secretary, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Richard Roik, director of communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Lisa Gautreau, junior communications officer, ACOA NB, 506-452-3118.

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