Sept. 11, 2009
RICHIBUCTO (CNB) - Rexton residents will benefit from joint federal and provincial funding to upgrade the community's water and waste water infrastructure. Funding for the project was announced today by Premier Shawn Graham and Keith Ashfield, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
"This infrastructure investment is very important to New Brunswick's self-sufficiency agenda," said Graham. "These infrastructure projects contribute to the sustainability of our communities, and ensure that communities such as Rexton 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 $342,000 toward the cost of this project, with the Village of Rexton contributing the balance of the $1,047,126 total cost.
"The Government of Canada recognizes that modern, reliable infrastructure attracts businesses and creates jobs for today and for years to come," said Ashfield. "Our government, through Canada's Economic Action Plan, is delivering on its promise to upgrade and replace important community infrastructure."
The project will extend Rexton's sewer collection system to include areas presently under-serviced. The extension involves the replacement of the existing sewer main on the bridge across the Richibucto River, and an upgrade of the lift station controllers. The village will also conduct a study on options for a new water supply, and a new well field or connection to existing supplies for neighbouring communities.
"After many years of planning it is gratifying that funding, through the Canada - New Brunswick Build Canada Fund, is being made available," said Rexton Mayor David Hanson. "This financial assistance will allow our community to complete much-needed utility system upgrades. I would especially like to thank the provincial and federal governments for supporting our community and this region."
This project is one of 32 across the province getting 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 for 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 the next two years. The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick are working closely to ensure that these infrastructure funds are being spent on priority projects across the province.
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, Ted Parisé, senior communications officer, ACOA New Brunswick, 506-452-3917.