Jan. 22, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government will carry out $386 million worth of design and construction projects for new and improved government infrastructure in 2010-11.
Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty made the announcement today when presenting the department's capital and ordinary estimates.
Most of the projects will be carried out on behalf of the departments of Education; Health; Justice and Consumer Affairs; Public Safety; and Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. Doherty said the projects are an important part of the provincial government's efforts to stimulate the economy and create jobs.
"The Department of Supply and Services is pleased to be assisting the government with carrying out its record $1.6-billion investment in the province's strategic infrastructure," Doherty said. "These projects are delivering the immediate benefits of thousands of jobs throughout the province while, over the long term, they will provide New Brunswickers with more modern, functional, and environmentally responsible facilities from which to obtain government services."
New investments in the department's capital priorities include:
The department's ordinary account budget for 2010-11 is $116,809,000, up 2.5 per cent over the previous year. The increase is largely attributed to increases in municipal grants in lieu of property taxes and costs associated with facilities management.
New funding has also been secured to implement the new Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act; proceed with a Request for Proposals for the Maritime Radio Communications Initiative; and manage government's $400-million plan to upgrade nursing homes.
MEDIA CONTACT: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903.