Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

July 24, 2009 10:15 ET

Governments of Canada and New Brunswick Invest in Community Infrastructure

DIEPPE, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - July 24, 2009) - The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State for Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham, today announced that federal, provincial and municipal governments have joined forces to help communities throughout New Brunswick meet their infrastructure needs, with a combined $72 million investment in 32 community infrastructure projects. These projects will help stimulate the local economy and support continued economic growth and environmental protection.

"The investments we are making today will create jobs now during these tough economic times," said Minister Ashfield. "By investing in the infrastructure needs of communities across New Brunswick, we will improve our quality of life, as well as help to boost our regional economy now and for years to come."

"Ensuring we have strong infrastructure is vital in order for New Brunswick to remain positioned to be self-sufficient," said Premier Graham. "These investments will help spur jobs and ensure New Brunswick communities have quality infrastructure to protect the residents' health and wellness and the environment."

Federal and provincial contributions for this community infrastructure investment total almost $26 million for 12 projects across the province. Additionally, in the Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada announced another $500 million nationally under the Communities Component. This funding is aimed at projects that can be completed by March 31, 2011. Today, the governments of Canada and New Brunswick announced over $22 million combined towards 20 projects under the Communities Component top up.

The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years. Federal and Provincial representatives are working closely together to ensure that these infrastructure funds are being spent on priority projects across the province.

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


BACKGROUNDER

CANADA-NEW BRUNSWICK

BUILDING CANADA FUND - COMMUNITIES COMPONENT

The governments of Canada and New Brunswick announced funding for a total of 32 projects in communities across the province for a total of $72 million. Combined federal and provincial government contributions will amount to more than $48 million for these projects.

Under the Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is allocating $12 billion to infrastructure projects across the country. This is further complemented by an earlier commitment of $33 billion to infrastructure.

The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan provided a $500 million top up, allocated nationally, under the Communities Component for projects that can be built over the next two years. Of this amount, the Government of Canada is providing over $11 million for New Brunswick. The Provincial Budget committed to match the federal investment.

Twelve of the thirty-two projects are being funded through the Building Canada Fund-Communities Component with a total federal contribution of almost $13 million. The remaining projects are being funded through Communities Component top up.

Today's announcement highlighted funding for the expansion of Aviation Avenue in Dieppe. The total eligible cost for this project is $5.7 million with a federal and provincial contribution of over $3.8 million. The project will involve approximately 1840 m of road expansion to the Aviation Avenue.

For more information about infrastructure projects in New Brunswick, visit www.creatingjobs.gc.ca.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of State for
    the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
    Erin Filliter
    Press Secretary
    613-941-7241
    or
    Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Regional Development Corporation
    Bruce Macfarlane
    506-444-4606