Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

July 15, 2009 14:45 ET

Canada and New Brunswick Support the Bouctouche Civic Centre

BOUCTOUCHE, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - July 15, 2009) - The community of Bouctouche, in Kent County, will soon benefit from a brand new civic centre thanks to the joint support of $10 million from the governments of Canada and New Brunswick.

Funding for the construction of the new civic centre was announced today by the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Regional Minister for New Brunswick, New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham and Aldeo Saulnier, Mayor of Bouctouche.

The civic centre will accommodate diverse events and shows such as commercial and industrial expositions, conventions, arts and crafts shows, circuses and rodeos, animal shows, reunions, and banquets. The centre would also be home to the town hall and would offer multi-purpose rooms for the community.

"Our Government is supporting projects like this one because they get shovels in the ground quickly to stimulate the economy and create jobs," said Minister Thompson. "The centre will do both those things in the short and long term while also helping to strengthen the community and the quality of life we are proud of in New Brunswick."

"Ensuring that we have good recreational facilities will help improve the quality of life for residents of Bouctouche and Kent County, strengthen our communities, and help us work toward self-sufficiency," said Premier Graham. "The Province of New Brunswick is proud to be a partner in this important infrastructure project for Bouctouche and Kent County."

The project will result in increasing the town's economic and social dynamics while promoting a sense of community for the residents of Kent County and Bouctouche. The new facility will include a National Hockey League-sized ice surface with seating for 1000 spectators, an in-door walking/jogging track; and multipurpose community space for the youth and elderly.

"It is a great announcement for the people of Bouctouche and its region," said Mayor Saulnier. "The centre will provide much needed infrastructure and will generate a boost of pride and sense of belonging for the community."

Federal funding for the project will come from the new Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The Government of Canada is providing up to $5 million towards this project. The Province of New Brunswick is contributing up to $ 5 million, while the Town of Bouctouche and the civic centre committee will provide the remaining funds.

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government established the $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund that provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects.

Funding will be available for two years for projects that will begin during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons. This initiative is structured to flow funding and get shovels in the ground quickly.

Canada and New Brunswick are working together to create jobs and boost the economy, while making significant investments that help communities improve their infrastructure. Both governments have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently so that construction can begin as soon as possible.

For more information, please visit www.creatingjobs.gc.ca.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.


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INFRASTRUCTURE STIMULUS FUND AT WORK IN NEW BRUNSWICK

Canada Supports the Bouctouche Civic Centre

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government has established a new $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund that provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects. Funding is available for two years for projects that will be built during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.

Under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the Government of Canada will provide funding for the construction of a civic centre in the Town of Bouctouche, in Kent County, New Brunswick. This centre will accommodate diverse events and shows such as commercial and industrial expositions, conventions and leisure activity shows. This centre would also be home to the authoritative seat of town hall and would offer multi-purpose rooms for the community.

Total estimated costs for this project are $20 million. The Government of Canada will contribute up to a maximum of $5 million, with matching contributions from the province of New Brunswick. The municipality of Bouctouche and a civic centre committee will provide the remaining funds. Construction for the project is anticipated to start in the fall of 2009.

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund complements existing and long-term federal infrastructure funding by focusing on short-term objectives for economic stimulus. To further this goal of rapid economic stimulus, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund will focus on construction-readiness as important project selection criteria. The full $4 billion will be distributed in fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. Projects will focus largely on the rehabilitation of existing assets such as water, wastewater, public transit, highways, roads, culture, parks, and trails.

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Bruce Macfarlane
    Regional Development Corporation
    506-444-4606