March 20, 2010
SAINT-QUENTIN (CNB) - Several maple syrup producers in northwestern New Brunswick are benefiting from a combined investment of more than $2.6 million from the provincial and federal governments.
The announcement was made on behalf of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, who is also the minister responsible for the Northern New Brunswick Initiative, by Restigouche-la-Vallée MLA Burt Paulin. He was joined by Sen. Percy Mockler, who represented Keith Ashfield, minister of national revenue, minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and minister for the Atlantic Gateway.
"The Government of New Brunswick appreciates the innovation demonstrated by the maple syrup industry and the world-class products it brings to market," said Paulin. "We are pleased to support this very important industry through the province's Northern Economic Development Fund. The New Brunswick maple industry is very important to the economy of our province, as stated in An Action Plan for Self-Sufficiency in Northern New Brunswick."
"The Government of Canada is pleased to partner with the province to ensure New Brunswick businesses grow to become more innovative, productive and competitive," said Mockler. "The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's investment of more than $1.9 million is helping maple syrup producers in the northwest region expand their operations by acquiring new equipment and introducing new technologies."
This investment is allowing the maple syrup producers to improve, upgrade and modernize their installations, add new taps, and acquire specialized equipment in order to increase their productivity and expand their operations.
The companies receiving funding are:
in California Settlement:
The Province of New Brunswick, through its Northern Development Fund, contributed $757,238. The Government of Canada is investing $1,912,118 through ACOA's Business Development Program.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Marie-Josée Groulx, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-3465; Stéphanie Bilodeau, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, 506-452-3034.