Federal Government delivers $22 million to NB for infrastructure projects
Investing in infrastructure is vital to creating middle class jobs today and sustained economic growth for years to come. Modern, efficient community infrastructure contributes to a high quality of life by helping connect people to jobs, improve water systems, and support new business opportunities.
The Government of Canada has now provided New Brunswick with more than $22 million for community infrastructure through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF), representing the first of two annual allocations for 2016−17. In total, New Brunswick will be provided with more than $45 million through the fund this year.
Funding will be used for projects such as the installation of a geothermal system at the village hall in Cap-Pelé, the support of a new asset management plan for the Town of Dalhousie, and the building of a new community centre with a kitchen, bathrooms, public meeting room, multipurpose room and an observation centre in Hanwell.
The two GTF installments for this year are in addition to funds being made available to New Brunswick under other existing programs and two new federal funding programs: the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The latter are part of Phase 1 of the Government of Canada's 10-year, $120-billion Investing in Canada plan.
- The GTF has provided over $424 million to communities in New Brunswick since its introduction in 2005.
- $2 billion is made available nationally each year through two installments.
- The GTF provides Canadian municipalities with a permanent, predictable and indexed source of long-term funding.
- It offers local communities the flexibility to make strategic investments across 18 different project categories, including roads and bridges, public transit, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and recreational facilities.
- Communities can use the funds immediately for priority projects, bank the funds for later use, pool the dollars with other communities for shared infrastructure projects or use it to finance major infrastructure expenditures.
- Phase 1 of Investing in Canada provides $11.9 billion in investments to support public transit systems, green infrastructure projects, and social infrastructure projects. Details on Phase 2 of Investing in Canada will be announced over the next few months.
"The federal Gas Tax Fund allows communities to direct federal dollars to their particular infrastructure priorities across a wide range of project categories. Whether a community needs to expand their recreational centre, repair roads, enhance a wastewater treatment system or make energy-saving upgrades to municipal buildings, this funding offers predictable, reliable and flexible support that reflects the federal government's commitment to investing in infrastructure that makes a real difference in people's lives at the local level."
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Our government is committed to creating jobs and supporting sustainable development. That starts with ensuring our communities have the infrastructure they need to foster economic growth. Our government is pleased to see investments that work to protect our environment through the responsible management of water and wastewater infrastructure."
Serge Rousselle, Q.C. Minister of Environment and Local Government
- The federal Gas Tax Fund.
- More on the federal Gas Tax Fund in New Brunswick.
- Have your say on infrastructure.
- Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada's new $120 billion infrastructure plan.