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Government of New Brunswick

Government of New Brunswick

July 14, 2015 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Five Infrastructure Projects in Riverview Through the Small Communities Fund and the Gas Tax Fund

Projects made possible by the New Building Canada Plan and the Federal Gas Tax Fund

RIVERVIEW, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - July 14, 2015) - Infrastructure Canada

The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced $7,417,416 in federal funding under the Small Communities Fund and the Gas Tax Fund for five projects in the Town Riverview. Minister Moore was joined by Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, Bernard LeBlanc, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Memramcook-Tantramar, and Ann Seamans, Mayor of the Town of Riverview.

Under the Small Communities Fund, Riverview will receive $368,898 to replace the Mill Creek culvert under Pine Glen Road. Work includes removing a corrugated pipe and installing a larger precast concrete span structure. This will address flood risk by minimizing the probability of the road being submerged and causing structural damage.

The four projects receiving $7,048,518 through the federal Gas Tax Fund include a drinking water main renewal project and three road improvement projects. Rehabilitating this key local infrastructure will help improve driver safety and ensure residents have access to good-quality drinking water.

The Small Communities Fund project announced today is among 39 projects recently approved for more than $85 million in joint funding under the Small Communities Fund in New Brunswick. These projects represent important investments in the drinking water, disaster mitigation and wastewater infrastructure that maintain safe, healthy communities.

The $1-billion Small Communities Fund provides funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs across the country. Canada and New Brunswick will each provide $39,363,723 to support projects in New Brunswick communities with fewer than 100,000 residents over the course of the funding program. This will help address local infrastructure priorities and boost economies in small communities throughout the province well into the future.

The annual, $2-billion, federal Gas Tax Fund provides predictable, long-term funding to help Canadian municipalities build and revitalize their local infrastructure while creating jobs and long-term prosperity. Projects are chosen locally and prioritized according to the infrastructure needs of each community. These projects not only improve communities, but the resulting jobs contribute to the local economy.

Quick Facts:

Small Communities Fund project:

  • For this project, the Government of Canada will contribute up to one third of the total eligible project costs of $1,106,695, to a maximum of $368,898, under the New Building Canada Fund's Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-Small Communities Fund.
  • The Government of New Brunswick will also contribute one third of the project costs up to $368,898.
  • The Town of Riverview will be responsible for the remaining project costs.

Small Communities Fund in New Brunswick:

  • For the 39 projects altogether, the Government of Canada is providing up to one third of the total eligible costs to a maximum federal contribution of $28,420,281.
  • The Province of New Brunswick will contribute up to $28,420,281 to these projects.
  • New Brunswick communities will be responsible for the remaining costs of the 39 projects.

Gas Tax Fund projects:

  • Trites Road Reconstruction: Federal contribution, $594,162.
  • Pine Glen Road, Phase 3: Federal contribution, $173,492.
  • Road Reconstruction and/or Resurfacing: Federal contribution, up to $5,965,864 over a 5-year period.
  • Hillsborough Road Watermain Renewal: Federal contribution, $315,000.

Gas Tax Fund in New Brunswick:

  • To date, $15 billion has been made available to Canadian municipalities through the federal Gas Tax Fund, with close to $22 billion flowing over the 10-year duration of the renewed agreements.
  • Between 2015 and 2019, New Brunswick municipalities will receive more than $225 million through this fund.

Quotes:

"Our Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, understands that by building stronger communities and modernizing and developing our infrastructure, we are creating jobs and opportunities and building a better Canada for future generations. The Small Communities Fund of the New Building Canada Fund supports economic growth from coast to coast to coast while ensuring that Canadian communities remain among the best in the world to live."

The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

"I am very pleased that federal funding has made these important infrastructure projects possible in Riverview. Creating solid, modern infrastructure is key to maintaining safe, healthy communities and supporting economic progress throughout the region."

Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe

"These infrastructure investments are being made to ensure a safe water supply for the town and to support important road and street improvements. The municipality and the province are working in partnership with the federal government to support the sustainability of this community and jobs."

Bernard LeBlanc, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Memramcook-Tantramar

"Today's funding announcement by the federal and provincial governments will support critical infrastructure projects that are absolutely necessary for the town's growth and prosperity. Replacing the culverts at Pine Glen Road will protect our assets against flood risks and mitigate the effects of climate change. With the federal gas tax funding we will be able to complete the reconstruction of Trites Road and continue to improve Riverview's vitally important transportation network."

Ann Seamans, Mayor of the Town of Riverview

Related Product:

Backgrounder - Government of Canada supports Riverview through the Small Communities Fund and the Gas Tax Fund

Associated Links:

To learn more about the Small Communities Fund, please visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/sc-cp-eng.html.

For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html.

To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada's Economic Action Plan at http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/home-accueil-eng.html.

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Backgrounder

The governments of Canada and New Brunswick announced funding for the following three local roads and bridges projects and one drinking water project in New Brunswick through the Federal Gas Tax Fund.

LOCAL ROADS AND BRIDGES

Trites Road Reconstruction

  • The project involved the construction of new roadbed on Trites Road, from Whitepine Avenue to Cherry Court. Work also included catch basins, concrete curb and gutter, a sidewalk and an asphalt base.
  • Federal contribution: $594,162.

Pine Glen Road, Phase 3

  • Phase 3 of this project involves applying a final asphalt seal, which typically takes place in the year following the placement of the asphalt base. This allows time for any settling prior to the final coating.
  • Federal contribution: $173,492.

Road Reconstruction and/or Resurfacing

  • The municipality has a significant backlog of roads and streets that require upgrades to make them more drivable and much safer. In certain cases, road reconstruction will include infilling ditches and adding sidewalks and storm water pipes.
  • Federal contribution: up to $5,965,864 over a 5-year period.

DRINKING WATER

Hillsborough Road Watermain Renewal

  • The project involved renewing an existing water main on Hillsborough Road from Harmony Drive going easterly to Manning Road. Work also included a concrete curb and gutter, a concrete sidewalk and asphalt base and seal.
  • Federal contribution: $315,000.

Contact Information

  • Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure,
    Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs,
    and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
    for the Regions of Quebec
    613-943-1838

    Kelsie Corey
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (ACOA)
    613-941-7241

    Jennifer Graham
    Director of Communications
    Department of Environment and Local Government
    506-444-2179
    Jennifer.Graham@gnb.ca
    www.gnb.ca

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
    media@infc.gc.ca