Building Canada: Canada and New Brunswick sign $541.6 million infrastructure agreement



    Water projects in Atholville, Charlo, and Tide Head priorities for
    funding under Building Canada

    CHARLO, NB, Dec. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The governments of Canada and New
Brunswick today announced the signing of a Framework Agreement worth
$541.6 million under Building Canada, the Government of Canada's new long-term
infrastructure plan, which will help address infrastructure needs and
priorities in New Brunswick.
    The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veteran Affairs, on behalf of
the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, the Honourable Shawn Graham, Premier of New Brunswick, and other
elected officials from throughout northern New Brunswick participated in
today's announcement.
    The governments of Canada and New Brunswick also indicated that water and
wastewater projects in Atholville, Charlo, and Tide Head are priorities for
funding under Building Canada.
    "Every day, New Brunswickers are working shoulder to shoulder for the
good of our province," said Minister Thompson. "They expect their political
leaders to do the same, and that's exactly what we're doing with this
agreement. We are working together on important infrastructure projects that
will strengthen our economy, improve our communities and contribute to a
cleaner environment."
    "Today's announcement will help New Brunswick attain self-sufficiency by
investing and improving our infrastructure," said Premier Graham. "Achieving
self-sufficiency requires our government to build lasting and mutually
beneficial relationships with all partners, including the federal government.
Today's announcement is a positive step in the right direction focusing on
transformational change and achieving long-term objectives."
    The Framework Agreement sets the stage for a collaborative investment in
the infrastructure needs in New Brunswick. Under this Agreement, more than
$188 million from the Building Canada Fund, a centrepiece of the overall plan,
will go towards infrastructure initiatives in New Brunswick through two
components. Under the Community Component $33 million in funding will be
available for partnership investments in community infrastructure and under
the Major Infrastructure Component $28.49 million in funding will support
larger-scale projects. In addition, of the $188 million $126.6 million has
already been approved for major infrastructure projects, such as improvements
to New Brunswick's highway infrastructure and the completion of the Saint John
Harbour clean up. Under the Framework Agreement, the Province will also
receive $25 million base funding annually, for a total of $175 million through
to 2014 for infrastructure priorities in New Brunswick. A further
$178.5 million will flow to New Brunswick municipalities through the extension
of the Gas Tax Fund agreement from 2010 to 2014.
    The Canada-New Brunswick Framework Agreement identifies federal funding
for infrastructure and outlines how the Building Canada Plan will operate in
the province. It also establishes a governance framework through which the two
governments will work together to identify and address infrastructure
priorities. Through the Agreement, the two governments will establish a
mechanism for reporting to Canadians on the results of these investments.
    New Brunswick infrastructure initiatives in eligible categories will also
have the opportunity to benefit from the Public-Private Partnership Fund and
the Gateways and Border Crossing Fund. As well, the province has recently
signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop Canada's Atlantic Gateway.
    Consideration of federal financial support for water and wastewater
projects in Atholville, Charlo and Tide Head is conditional on the initiatives
meeting all applicable federal eligibility requirements under the Building
Canada infrastructure plan, successful completion of any environmental
assessments required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, and the
successful negotiation between the Government of Canada and the Government of
New Brunswick of necessary funding agreements.

    Through its unprecedented $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure
plan, the Government of Canada provides long-term, stable and predictable
funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada
supports a stronger, safer and better country.

    For further information on the Building Canada plan, visit
www.buildingcanada.gc.ca




For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700;
Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148; Bruce Macfarlane, Corporate Secretary,
Regional Development Corporation, (506) 444-4606; Marie-Andrée Bolduc, Press
Secretary, Office of the Premier, (506) 444-2286


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