Fredericton residents and businesses to benefit from improved public infrastructure
Fredericton, New Brunswick, August 5, 2021—The health and safety of Canadians are top priorities for the governments of Canada and the City of Fredericton. Investments in New Brunswick’s infrastructure during this extraordinary time provide an opportunity to create jobs, economic growth, and make our communities more sustainable and resilient.
Today, Jenica Atwin, Member of Parliament for Fredericton; and Her Worship Kate Rogers, Mayor of Fredericton, announced joint funding for 16 projects to improve public infrastructure in Fredericton.
These investments will support upgrades to active transportation infrastructure that will increase transportation options for residents. Other improvements to arenas, an indoor pool and outdoor sport courts will also support active lifestyles for residents. Finally, upgraded city buildings and infrastructure will ensure Fredericton residents can continue to benefit from the modern and reliable services they need.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $2.3 million toward these projects through COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The City of Fredericton is contributing more than $588,000.
“While we invest in new roads and buildings in our province, it’s also important that we maintain our public buildings to provide healthy spaces for employees and residents. Proactive investments such as this one will extend the lifespan of the buildings and provide employment for residents in New Brunswick.”
Jenica Atwin, Member of Parliament for Fredericton
“On behalf of the City of Fredericton, I extend my thanks to the Government of Canada for the funding received under the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream. Continuing with our model of fiscal resiliency, this funding allowed us to execute on our planned annual capital improvements in the areas of recreation and tourism, active transportation and mobility, as well as needed renovations and repairs to City facilities. Without this funding our 2021, COVID capital program would have looked very different”.
Mayor Kate Rogers, City of Fredericton
Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure 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.
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Wayne Knorr, APR
City of Fredericton
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