Northwestern New Brunswick Infrastructure Projects Get Green Light
Campbellton (GNB) – Ten projects in northwestern New Brunswick valued at more than $1.6 Million were announced today by the provincial and federal governments.
“The benefits of the Canada Community-Building Fund can be seen all over the province,” said Daniel Allain, minister of Local Government and Local Governance Reform. “Infrastructure projects such as the ones we’re announcing today not only help the economy through job creation and increasing tourism, but they ensure many generations of New Brunswickers and visitors to our province can enjoy these areas.”
Regardless of the weather or the season, residents of Northwestern New Brunswick love to be outdoors,” said Rene Arseneault, Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities. “Our region has some of the best fishing, mountain biking, hiking and skiing New Brunswick has to offer – and that is what we are investing in today. These upgrades will have immediate and lasting impacts on the quality of life in our corner of New Brunswick.”
Approved projects range in size and cost. Sugarloaf Provincial Park will receive more than $196,000 to upgrade snowmaking equipment and to replace the rope tow with a conveyor belt system. The Northwest Regional Service Commission will get more than $194,000 to install a water drainage system to generate renewable energy. Furthermore, the Campbellton Curling Club will receive $93,000 for ice plant equipment upgrades, and approximately $333,960 will be spent on upgrading the Aroostook River Trail Bridge.
The program, formerly known as the Gas Tax Fund, is a permanent source of federal funding for infrastructure investments. While 80 per cent of the funding is allocated to local governments, 20 per cent is available for projects benefitting the residents of local service districts.
The Department of Environment and Local Government conducted stakeholder engagement sessions to help determine infrastructure priorities for local service districts. While applications for projects were accepted under all 19 categories, preference was given to the following types of applications:
- Improvements to existing infrastructure;
- low-cost recreation, sport, culture and tourism projects with regional benefits;
- projects that meet provincial priorities, such as energizing the private sector, creating vibrant and sustainable communities, and the environment;
- projects receiving additional financial support such as form donations, fundraising efforts, local tax contributions, or other funding program projects benefiting multiple stakeholders.
Regional service commissions, water and wastewater commissions, community groups and other organizations offering services that benefit unincorporated areas were invited to apply for funding.
There is about $55 Million available for New Brunswick’s unincorporated areas. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2024.