MONCTON, Aug. 17, 2018 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and New Brunswick understand that investing in basic infrastructure is key to ensuring that Canadians and their families have the foundations they need in their communities to thrive and prosper. For universities, solid infrastructure ensures they can contribute to local economic growth by attracting students and researchers and providing quality middle class jobs.
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Moncton–Riverview–Dieppe, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Roger Melanson, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, on behalf of the Honourable Andrew Harvey, Minister of Environment and Local Government, and Jacques Paul Couturier, President and Vice-Chancellor of the Université de Moncton, today announced over $1.3 million to improve road, water and wastewater infrastructure at the Université de Moncton.
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick, and the Université de Moncton are each providing over $460,000.
The funding will be used to upgrade the water and wastewater infrastructure as well as expand and upgrade the road infrastructure on campus. Not only will this project will create jobs during construction, it will improve the quality of life for students and employees at the Université and protect the local ecosystem for the next generation.
"I am pleased to announce the Government of Canada's contribution to this project to improve the water and wastewater systems and road infrastructure at the Université de Moncton. Investments like these are at the root of our commitment to deliver an historic infrastructure plan that is creating jobs and new opportunities for the middle class and laying the foundation for sustained, long-term economic growth."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Moncton–Riverview–Dieppe, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"The Université de Moncton is an important economic driver for our province, and this is why your government is proud to contribute to its development. The infrastructure that will be built will serve many properties near downtown Moncton that offer considerable development potential. The project will enable the institution to continue to fulfil its role as a university and contribute to the economic development of the community."
The Honourable Roger Melanson, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, on behalf of the Honourable Andrew Harvey, Minister of Environment and Local Government
"This announcement is key for the Université de Moncton. It opens the door to the realization of its Campus Research and Development project, an innovative and transformative project that will strengthen the development of research at the university. The Université de Moncton is pleased to contribute to regional and provincial economic vitality."
Jacques Paul Couturier, President and vice-chancellor of the Université de Moncton
- Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- $26.9 billion of this funding will support green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a 2-year federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas:
- Skilled workforce/Immigration;
- Clean growth and climate change;
- Trade and investment;
Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:
Federal infrastructure investments in New Brunswick: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/nb-eng.html
Atlantic Growth Strategy: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
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