Canada's New Government and Province of New Brunswick invest close to $1.3 million to improve infrastructure

    DIEPPE, NB, Aug. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The municipalities of Dieppe,
Memramcook, Richibucto, and Shediac will undertake essential improvements to
local infrastructure after receiving their first payments totalling close to
$1.3 million under the Canada-New Brunswick Agreement on the Transfer of
Federal Gas Tax Revenues and the Provincial Gas Tax Transfer Top-up Fund.
    Rob Moore, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, on behalf of the
Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, and New Brunswick Minister of Local Government, Victor Boudreau,
made the announcement today.

    The projects receiving funding are:

    - $731,170 for Dieppe for projects under the community energy systems,
      public transit and water categories.

    - $230,780 for the Village of Memramcook for projects under the capacity
      building, transportation infrastructure and wastewater categories.

    - $65,580 for the Town of Richibucto for projects under the
      transportation infrastructure (including roads and bike paths),
      wastewater and water categories.

    - $239,242 for the Town of Shediac for projects under the transportation
      infrastructure category.

    "Canada's New Government is moving forward on its commitment to support
environmentally sustainable infrastructure in communities across Canada," said
Mr. Moore. "Thanks to the investment made by our government, these
municipalities will be able to proceed with infrastructure projects that have
a direct impact on the economy, the environment and the health of
    "Improving local infrastructure is a priority for New Brunswick," said
Minister Boudreau. "This funding will give these communities the opportunity
to address local infrastructure needs and to improve the quality of life of
residents while providing them with a healthy environment. We recognize that
municipalities have a crucial role to play in the economic development of the
province, and assisting them in building and maintaining safe and adequate
infrastructure is another step in attaining self-sufficiency as a province."
    Canada`s New Government is providing $116 million over five years to
New Brunswick through the Gas Tax Fund, and the province is adding $30 million
in top-up funding. In total, $146 million will be provided to communities from
2005 to 2010 for investment in environmentally sustainable municipal
    New Brunswick communities will be using these funds for environmentally
sustainable infrastructure projects such as: clean water, wastewater,
community-energy systems, solid-waste management, public transit, capacity
building and transportation.
    To receive its first payment, each municipality submitted a five-year
Capital Investment Plan for review by the province, and signed an agreement
contract with the New Brunswick Department of Local Government to implement
the plan.
    Gas tax funding is one component of the partnership investments Canada's
New Government is making in infrastructure. Through its unprecedented
$33-billion "Building Canada" plan, the Government will help meet
infrastructure needs across Canada through long-term, stable and predictable
funding. "Building Canada" will support a stronger, safer and better country,
through infrastructure projects that support cleaner air and water, a stronger
economy, and a better quality of life for our communities.

For further information:

For further information: Natalie Sarafian, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700;
Daniel Lessard, Communications Officer, Department of Local Government,
Province of New Brunswick, (506) 444-4693; Infrastructure Canada,
Communications and Promotion, (613) 948-1148

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