Government of Canada

Government of Canada

May 11, 2009 10:17 ET

Creating Jobs and Benefitting Science: Government of Canada Invests in Modernizing Federal Laboratories in New Brunswick

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - May 11, 2009) - The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunties Agency, today announced more than $1.8 million in funding over the next two years to modernize three important federal laboratories in New Brunswick.

In Budget 2009, Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government committed to an accelerated investment program to provide $250-million, over the next two years, to modernize federal laboratories. The funding, one of the many job-creating investments in the Economic Action Plan, will improve these facilities while providing economic stimulus in regions across the country.

"This program is addressing important maintenance issues in our laboratories and will quickly bring economic stimulus to this region," said Minister Ashfield. "This funding will provide jobs for workers ranging from repairing greenhouses to replacing fume hoods and installing ventilation, air conditioning and other building systems. With this funding, our scientists and researchers will have healthier and more modern work environments that will better support research and development, leading to better health and safety outcomes for Canadians."

The three laboratories receiving funding are:

- The Potato Research Centre (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
$500,000

- The Atlantic Forestry Centre Laboratory (Natural Resources
Canada) $806,000

- Mactaquac Biodiversity Facility (Fisheries and Oceans) -
$539,000

"Our Government's Economic Action Plan is making important investments in communities across Canada," said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources Canada. "Canada's science labs are engaged in world-class research that contributes to Canada's economic performance. Today's investment will create jobs immediately and will contribute to improved competitiveness in the natural resources sector in the years ahead."

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

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Michael Campbell
    902-426-6019
    or
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Natural Resources Canada
    Media Relations
    613-992-4447