Minister LeBlanc Announces Electric Vehicle Projects in New Brunswick

MONCTON, NB, April 4, 2017 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada continues to support green infrastructure in the transportation sector that will advance Canada's efforts to build a clean economy, create well-paying jobs for Canadians and reach our climate change goals.

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, today announced that it is investing $120 million to deploy infrastructure for electric vehicle charging and refuelling stations for alternative fuels such as natural gas, as well as to support technology demonstration projects. By establishing new infrastructure, the Government is making it easier for Canadians to choose cleaner options and setting Canada's transportation system on a path to a lower-carbon future.  Overall, Budget 2017 proposes to invest $21.9 billion over 11 years to support green infrastructure that will advance Canada's efforts to build a clean economy.

This funding builds on Budget 2016's investment of $62.5 million over two years to support the electric and alternative fuel vehicles infrastructure.  Minister LeBlanc today also announced $335,000 in funding to build 10 new fast-charging stations across New Brunswick, led by NB Power Énergie NB. These projects will give electric vehicle drivers the infrastructure needed to travel New Brunswick roads with greater ease and will provide the tools Canadians need to make cleaner choices in the transportation sector.

The Government of Canada's investments will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, deliver clean air and safe drinking water and promote renewable power. Funding will also support projects that will help build better-connected electricity systems and help communities better deal with the effects of climate change.

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"These projects will give electric vehicle drivers the infrastructure needed to travel New Brunswick roads with greater ease and will provide the tools Canadians need to make cleaner choices in the transportation sector.  Investments in projects like these will help Canada reach its greenhouse gas emissions targets and strengthen Canada's economy by producing good jobs, a cleaner environment and thriving communities."

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

"Thanks to the funding partnership provided by Natural Resources Canada, NB Power Énergie NB is proud to offer our customers and tourists to New Brunswick the option to recharge their electric vehicles on New Brunswick's busiest highway with the fastest charging option available. Electric vehicles will play an important role in addressing climate change in our province by leveraging NB Power's renewable energy supply and we are pleased to help New Brunswickers make the switch to a cleaner, more affordable mode of transportation."

Keith Cronkhite,
Senior Vice President Business Development and Strategic Planning, NB Power Énergie NB

Related Links

http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/toc-tdm-en.html 
http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/efficiency/transportation/19198 

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SOURCE Natural Resources Canada

For further information: Laura Gareau, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 613-992-3474, laura.gareau@dfo-mpo.gc.ca; Media Relations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 613-990-7537, Media.xncr@dfo-mpo.gc.ca; Alexandre Deslongchamps, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources, 343-292-6837; Media Relations, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, 343-292-6100

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