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GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND NEW BRUNSWICK INVEST IN LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND FUTURE OF GRAND FALLS AND SAINT-ANDRÉ

 

March 07, 2009 - Grand Falls, New Brunswick

Residents of Grand Falls and Saint-André will benefit from
joint federal and provincial investments to improve local
water and wastewater services. Combined federal and
provincial funding of close to $6.3 million was announced
today by Mike Allen, Member of Parliament for Tobique-
Mactaquac and the Honourable Ronald Ouellette, provincial
Minister of Agriculture and Aquaculture. These projects are
just two examples of both governments working together to
strengthen the New Brunswick economy and improve the
quality of life for its residents.

The projects will enhance local facilities and services and
create local jobs, at a time when the need for economic
stimulus is critical.

“The Government of Canada is working together with
provincial and municipal governments to deliver results to
the people of New Brunswick through important water system
upgrades in Grand Falls and Saint-André,” said Mike Allen,
MP for Tobique-Mactaquac. “The federal investment of more
than $3.14 million will make a difference in these two
communities by improving the quality of life for the people
who live and work there, and helping the local economy now
and for years to come.”

Federal, provincial and municipal governments will each
invest up to $1,250,924 in the Grand Falls project, which
involves the construction of a new water reservoir and
booster station. In Saint-André, each of the three levels
of government will invest up to $1,893,678 in a project to
replace the municipality’s wastewater treatment plant.
Funding for these projects is contingent on completion of
all contractual agreements, including pending Environmental
Impact Assessments with municipalities.

“These investments will help ensure that New Brunswick
communities have quality infrastructure to protect the
environment and residents' health and wellness," said
Ouellette. “Ensuring that we have strong infrastructure is
vital in order for New Brunswick to remain positioned to be
self-sufficient.” Ouellette spoke on behalf of Environment
Minister Roland Hache.

The Grand Falls project involves the construction of a new
steel water reservoir, tri-pump booster station and
transmission main as well as the installation of a new
standby generator for backup during power interruptions.
The project will improve service reliability for water
treatment and distribution, and increase fire-protection
capabilities as well as improve local water quality for
residents.

The Saint-André project involves the construction of a new
wastewater treatment plant to replace the existing facility
and the redirecting to the new plant of approximately 50
per cent of the community’s wastewater, currently being
processed by Grand Falls. Wastewater treatment in the new
facility will be provided by an aeration system and
deflection walls, which will divide the pond into three
cells with a watertight membrane.

These projects are two of 32 across the province that will
get underway quickly thanks to a joint federal-provincial
investment of more than $38 million. Together with
municipal contributions, the total investment in local
infrastructure improvements in New Brunswick during this
first phase exceeds $57 million. The governments of Canada
and New Brunswick have taken steps to advance projects and
flow money faster for targeted infrastructure projects in
New Brunswick communities in the 2009 and 2010 construction
seasons.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

Residents of Grand Falls and Saint-André will benefit from
joint federal and provincial investments to improve local
water and wastewater services. Combined federal and
provincial funding of close to $6.3 million under the
communities component of the Building Canada Fund was
announced today by Mike Allen, Member of Parliament for
Tobique-Mactaquac and the Honourable Ronald Ouellette,
provincial Minister of Agriculture and Aquaculture.

Federal, provincial and municipal governments will each
invest over $1.2 million in the Grand Falls project,
which involves the construction of a new water reservoir
and booster station. In Saint-André, each of the three
levels of government will invest close to $1.9 million in a
project to replace the municipality’s wastewater treatment
plant. Funding for these projects is contingent on
completion of all contractual agreements, including pending
Environmental Impact Assessments with municipalities.

The projects will enhance local facilities and services and
create local jobs. They are two examples of the commitment
of federal and provincial governments to strengthening the
New Brunswick economy and protecting the environment and
improving the quality of life for its residents.

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Bruce MacFarlane
Managing Director
Communications New Brunswick
506-444-4606

Paul CJ LeBlanc
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
506-452-3310