Federal, provincial and municipal governments invest in improved wastewater infrastructure for Northeastern New Brunswick

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Tracadie, New Brunswick, June 17, 2022—From roads and buildings, to water and wastewater systems – reliable infrastructure is key to building stronger communities. Investments in safer and more efficient wastewater treatment helps keep our communities healthy, green and sustainable.

Today, Serge Cormier, Member of Parliament for Acadie—Bathurst, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Gary Crossman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation; His Worship Denis Losier, Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Tracadie; Louise Blanchard, Deputy Mayor of the Town of Caraquet, on behalf of His Worship Bernard Thériault, Mayor of the Town of Caraquet, and Guy Chiasson, Councillor of the Town of Lamèque, announced funding for three important wastewater improvement projects in Tracadie, Caraquet and Lamèque.

Funding will support the renewal of aging sanitary sewer lines, aqueduct lines and storm sewer lines on Principale Street in Tracadie. This will help reduce infiltration issues and avoid annual water main breaks. In addition, the street will be rebuilt with a focus on active transportation.

In Caraquet, funding will go towards upgrades to the Landry Street Lagoon, which consists of reducing the size of the lagoon, increasing depth, repairing dikes, adding a synthetic membrane to seal the lagoon and installing additional controls. In addition, Lamèque residents will benefit from updated wastewater infrastructure by constructing a new, deeper lagoon with a synthetic membrane and two basins that will deliver cleaner effluent.

These projects will benefit residents by improving wastewater treatment efficiency, providing more sustainable solutions for wastewater treatment and supporting future growth for all three areas.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $4.6 million towards these projects through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of New Brunswick is investing over $3.8 million, while the municipalities of Tracadie, Caraquet and Lamèque are providing more than $3 million in combined funding. 

 

Quotes

“Families on the Acadian Peninsula have made a living from the sea for generations. The investments our government is making today, in partnership with the Government of New Brunswick and three of the peninsula's major municipalities, will allow us to better protect the waters of beautiful Chaleur Bay for future generations.”

Serge Cormier, Member of Parliament for Acadie—Bathurst, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities

“Reliable infrastructure is key to building stronger communities. Investing in these projects will provide more sustainable solutions for wastewater treatment and will help prepare these communities for future growth.”

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

“Building together, an essential commitment! Investing in infrastructure strengthens the economy, creates jobs and builds our community. Effective asset management is the cornerstone to ensure investments are made on time to minimize future repair costs.”

His Worship Denis Losier, Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Tracadie

"The Town of Caraquet is very pleased with the cooperation between the federal and provincial governments for allowing us to maintain our wastewater treatment infrastructure’s good condition.”

Louise Blanchard, Deputy Mayor of the Town of Caraquet, on behalf of His Worship Bernard Thériault, Mayor of the Town of Caraquet

“The wastewater lagoon renovation project in the Town of Lamèque is one of the municipality’s priorities in two respects. First, after 50 years, wastewater treatment must now meet new environmental standards. Secondly, this priority fits perfectly into the asset management plan of the Town of Lamèque. We want to express our full appreciation to the federal and provincial governments for their commitment to the well-being of our residents.”

Guy Chiasson, Councillor of the Town of Lamèque

Quick facts

  • Under the Investing in Canada Plan, the federal government 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.

  • Over the past 6 years, Infrastructure Canada has invested more than $66 million towards 23 wastewater infrastructure projects across New Brunswick under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

  • During that period, Infrastructure Canada has invested over $46 billion in communities across Canada to support world-class, modern public infrastructure, including over $2.4 billion for wastewater projects.

  • Infrastructure Canada helps address complex challenges that Canadians face every day—ranging from the rapid growth of our cities, to climate change, and environmental threats to our water and land.

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Jean-Sébastien Comeau
Press Secretary and Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
343-574-8116
Jean-Sebastien.Comeau@iga-aig.gc.ca

Mary-Anne Hurley-Corbyn
Director of Communications
Regional Development Corporation
Government of New Brunswick
506-429-2624
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