Jan. 12, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The water and wastewater systems in Fredericton will receive $1.4 million in upgrades through a federal-provincial-city project. The announcement was made today by Environment Minister Rick Miles, Keith Ashfield, the minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Fredericton deputy-mayor Bruce Grandy.
"These upgrades will ensure that the residents of Fredericton have good, reliable drinking water," said Miles. "This is yet another example of what can be achieved through partnership and co-operation among the three levels of government."
Miles was speaking on behalf of Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.
"Our government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is working to stimulate the economy and create jobs," said Ashfield. "Canada's Economic Action Plan is making a real difference for New Brunswick. To date we have announced 40 projects, under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, for a total federal investment of more than $90 million. By working with our provincial partners to invest in water and wastewater infrastructure projects today, we can build strong, healthy, stable communities for the future."
The Government of Canada is contributing $470,601 under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, with matching contributions from the provincial government and the city.
"I want to thank the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick for their investment in water and sewer infrastructure renewal in downtown Fredericton," said Grandy. "It is extremely important to invest in aging infrastructure before problems occur, and this funding will allow us to move ahead with this project."
The project will involve replacing one drinking-water distribution main, reducing the potential for watermain breaks and improving flow in the area. The project will improve wastewater maintenance by reducing the piping from two sanitary mains to one. Three outdated hydrants will also be replaced.
The federal and provincial governments are making significant investments that help communities improve their infrastructure. Both governments have agreed to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently so that construction may begin as soon as possible.
Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government established the $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund that provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure projects.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-476-1376; James Kusie, Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, 613-991-0700; Infrastructure Canada, 613-948-1148.