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GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

July 09, 2008 14:30 ET

Four New Brunswick Municipalities to Receive Gas-Tax Payment for Green Infrastructure

TRACADIE-SHEILA, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - July 9, 2008) - The Town of Tracadie-Sheila, as well as the Villages of Bas-Caraquet, Grande-Anse and Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël, will make essential improvements to local infrastructure after receiving their first payments under the Canada-New Brunswick Agreement on the Transfer of Federal Gas Tax Revenues and the Provincial Gas Tax Transfer Top-up Fund.

These New Brunswick municipalities' first payments from the Gas Tax Fund (GTF) will total $684,754.

These funds will be used by municipalities for environmentally sustainable infrastructure projects such as water systems; wastewater treatment; community-energy systems; as well as local roads and bridges.

Mike Allen, Member of Parliament for Tobique-Mactaquac, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Finance Minister, the Honourable Victor Boudreau, on behalf of the Honourable Carmel Robichaud, Minister of Local Government, made the announcement today.

"The Government of Canada continues to work collaboratively with the Government of New Brunswick so New Brunswickers can live in healthy and more prosperous communities," said Mr. Allen. "The gas tax funding announced today will play a significant role in allowing them to meet their infrastructure needs such as safe drinking water and safe local roads."

"Investing in local infrastructure is a priority for the Government of New Brunswick," said Minister Boudreau. "Our government recognizes the importance of partnering with municipalities and the federal government to keep improving municipal infrastructure throughout the province. Today's announcement is assisting these four municipalities on their road to self-sufficiency."

The Province of New Brunswick will receive $116.1 million from the GTF from 2005 to 2010, to which the Government of New Brunswick will add $30 million. Following Budget 2007, a further $178.5 million in GTF will flow to the Province of New Brunswick from 2010 to 2014, for a total of $294.6 million in federal funding over nine years.

To receive its first payment under the GTF, each municipality submitted a five-year Capital Investment Plan for review by the province, and signed an agreement with the New Brunswick Department of Local Government to implement the plan.

Investment collaboration with provinces and municipalities is a key feature of the federal approach to infrastructure.

In December 2007, the governments of Canada and New Brunswick announced the signing of the Building Canada Framework Agreement. With this agreement, the Government of Canada committed to an investment of more than $541 million towards infrastructure needs in New Brunswick from 2007 to 2014. In addition, in Budget 2008, the Government of Canada announced that the Gas Tax Fund will become permanent from 2014, at $2 billion per year. This will facilitate long-term planning by municipalities.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

The governments of Canada and New Brunswick have announced that the Town of Tracadie-Sheila, as well as the Villages of Bas-Caraquet, Grande-Anse and Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël, will undertake essential improvements to local infrastructure after receiving their first payments, of a total of $684,754, under the Canada-New Brunswick Agreement on the Transfer of Federal Gas Tax Revenues and the Provincial Gas Tax Transfer Top-up Fund. These New Brunswick municipalities will share and use these funds on environmentally sustainable infrastructure projects such as water systems; wastewater treatment; community-energy systems; as well as local roads and bridges.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of projects follows.

List of Projects:

Bas-Caraquet - First Payment of $137,668

The Village of Bas-Caraquet will undertake projects under the community energy systems, local roads and bridges, wastewater, and water categories.

Grande-Anse - First Payment of $69,526

The Village of Grande-Anse will undertake projects under the local roads and bridges, and wastewater categories.

Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël - First Payment of $92,513

The Village of Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël will undertake projects under the community energy systems, and local roads and bridges categories.

Tracadie-Sheila - First Payment of $385,047

The Town of Tracadie-Sheila will undertake projects under the community energy systems, and water categories.

Total: $684,754

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure
    and Communities
    Karine White, Press Secretary
    (613) 991-0700
    or
    Department of Local Government
    Province of New Brunswick
    Daniel Lessard
    Public Affairs Officer
    (506) 444-4693
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    Communications
    (613) 948-1148