Canada and New Brunswick invest in COVID-19 response infrastructure

News release

New Brunswick, August 5, 2021—Canadians everywhere are feeling the impact of COVID-19, on their families, their livelihoods and their way of life. Together, Canada and New Brunswick are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth and investment.

Today, Jenica Atwin, Member of Parliament for Fredericton, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Gary Crossman, Minister of Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, and the Honourable Jill Green, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, announced funding for 11 COVID-19 response infrastructure projects across New Brunswick.

Projects include road improvements in Oromocto and Gagetown as well as a wellfield expansion in McAdam. Further, maintenance depots, which house staff and equipment to repair snow removal assets in Debec, Centreville, Petitcodiac, Woodman’s Point, Gagetown, Hampton, and Hanwell, will receive structural upgrades, including hazardous material removal, new roofing and windows, and improved heating and plumbing. A sand dome in Grand Manan will also be rehabilitated.

The projects announced today will provide residents with safe and reliable infrastructure, and will better position the communities for future growth and development.

The Government of Canada is investing over $6.6 million in these projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of New Brunswick is contributing $980,000 towards these projects, while municipalities and other funding partners are contributing over $686,000 in total.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is taking strong and quick action to protect the health and safety of all Canadians, to stabilize our economy, and support communities across Canada. These projects will extend the lifespan of important community infrastructure across New Brunswick and create energy efficient cost saving benefits. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

Jenica Atwin, Member of Parliament for Fredericton, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Investments in this type of infrastructure are a key component in equipping these communities with the infrastructure they need for both population and economic growth and ensuring they will continue to flourish for generations to come.”

The Honourable Gary Crossman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation

“The investments will help us serve New Brunswickers by extending the life of important Department of Transportation and Infrastructure facilities. The upgraded facilities will play an important role in meeting our objective to effectively manage our large network of our roadways, bridges and infrastructure.”

The Honourable Jill Green, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

Quick facts

  • Through the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is investing 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.

  • To support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a COVID-19 Resilience Stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.

  • Under the COVID-19 Resilience Stream, the federal cost share for public infrastructure projects is 80 per cent in the provinces, and 100 per cent in the territories and for projects intended for Indigenous communities.

  • To support smaller-scale projects, the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative is providing up to $31 million in existing federal funding to help communities adapt spaces and services to respond to immediate and ongoing needs arising from COVID-19 over the next two years.

  • The Government of Canada has invested more than $574 million in 330 infrastructure projects across New Brunswick under the Investing in Canada plan.

  • Across Canada, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic the Government of Canada has contributed $9.7 billion to 3,500 infrastructure projects.

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Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
873-355-9576
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Mary-Anne Corbyn-Hurley
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Regional Development Corporation
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