March 19, 2009
FREDERICTON (NB) - Residents of Fredericton will benefit from improved wastewater treatment in the city's northside as the result of joint federal and provincial funding of more than $900,000 from the communities component of the Building Canada Fund.
The announcement was made today by Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister T.J. Burke and Keith Ashfield, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
The two governments will each invest up to $458,546 to replace the pumping station on Main Street. The City of Fredericton will contribute the remaining $458,547 of the total eligible project cost of $1,375,639.
"Our government's investment will help ensure the City of Fredericton has quality infrastructure to protect the environment and its residents' health and wellness," said Burke. "Having strong infrastructure is vital for our province to remain positioned to be self-sufficient."
Burke was speaking on behalf of Environment Minister Roland Haché.
"In these challenging economic times, the Government of Canada is working with our partners to create jobs and build stronger and brighter futures for New Brunswick communities," said Ashfield. "Our federal investment of more than $458,000 will result in modern, greener, world-class infrastructure, which is the foundation of sustainable, long-term economic growth."
The pumping station was originally built in 1968, and it currently serves about 12,000 people in a high-growth area of Fredericton. The new facility will provide extra capacity for 25 years of anticipated development, significantly reduce the incidents of discharge of untreated wastewater, and improve the reliability of the wastewater collection and treatment system. Funding for this project is contingent on completion of all contractual agreements, including pending environmental impact assessment with the municipality.
"The City of Fredericton is pleased to receive funding under the Building Canada Fund for the replacement of the sewage pumping station serving the growing Brookside Drive area of our city," said Deputy Mayor Tony Whalen. "We will now move quickly towards final design and construction."
This project is one of 32 across the province that will get underway quickly under a federal-provincial investment of more than $38 million. Together with municipal contributions, more than $57 million will be invested in local infrastructure improvements in New Brunswick.
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are working together to provide long-term, stable and predictable funding to help meet infrastructure needs across the country and to support stronger, safer and better communities.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, managing director, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-4606; Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700; Richard Roik, director of communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649.