HILLSBOROUGH, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - June 15, 2015) - Infrastructure Canada

The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced $531,454 in federal funding for water infrastructure upgrades in Hillsborough. Minister Moore was joined by Bernard LeBlanc, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Memramcook-Tantramar, and Patrick Armstrong, Mayor of Hillsborough.

The project involves upgrading three lift stations to bring them up to current Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines. New submersible pumps and wet wells will be installed along with improved electrical and mechanical systems. This work will decrease the flow of storm water into the sanitary sewer system, thus reducing the burden on the waste water treatment plant as well as overflow incidents. Once completed, the project will make water treatment systems in the area more efficient and improve protection against property damage from flooding.

The project announced today is among 38 projects recently approved for more than $79 million in joint funding under the Small Communities Fund in New Brunswick. These projects represent important investments in the drinking water, disaster mitigation and wastewater infrastructure that maintain safe, healthy communities. Once complete, the work will significantly improve key municipal services for residents and help boost regional development for years to come.

The $1-billion Small Communities Fund provides funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs across the country. Canada and New Brunswick will each provide $39,363,723 to support projects in New Brunswick communities with fewer than 100,000 residents over the course of the funding program. This will help address local infrastructure priorities and boost economies in small communities throughout the province well into the future.

Quick Facts:

  • For the Hillsborough project, the Government of Canada will contribute up to one third of the total eligible project costs of $1,594,364, to a maximum of $531,454, under the New Building Canada Fund's Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-Small Communities Fund.
  • The Government of New Brunswick will also contribute one third of the project costs up to $531,454.
  • The Village of Hillsborough will be responsible for the remaining project costs.
  • For the 38 projects altogether, the Government of Canada is providing up to one third of the total eligible costs to a maximum federal contribution of $26,430,266.
  • The Province of New Brunswick will contribute up to $26,430,266 to these projects.
  • New Brunswick communities will be responsible for the remaining costs of the 38 projects.

Quotes:

"Our Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, understands that by building stronger communities and modernizing and developing our infrastructure, we are creating jobs and opportunities and building a better Canada for future generations. The Small Communities Fund of the New Building Canada Fund supports economic growth from coast to coast to coast while ensuring that Canadian communities remain among the best in the world to live."

The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

"This upgrade will improve the reliability and performance of the community's wastewater collection system. Government is working in partnership on this infrastructure project to create jobs and provide additional capacity for future growth in the village."

Bernard LeBlanc, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Memramcook-Tantramar, on behalf of Brian Kenny, New Brunswick Minister of Environment and Local Government

"This is an exciting day for our community. We're making significant investments together with our government partners to ensure our lift stations meet current standards and continue to serve our community's needs."

Patrick Armstrong, Mayor of Hillsborough

Associated Links:

To learn more about the Small Communities Fund, please visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/sc-cp-eng.html.

For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html.

To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada's Economic Action Plan at http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/home-accueil-eng.html.

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Contact Information:

Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure,
Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs,
and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
for the Regions of Quebec
613-943-1838

Kelsie Corey
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Rob Moore
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
613-941-7241

Jennifer Graham
Director of Communications
Department of Environment and Local Government
506-444-2179
Jennifer.Graham@gnb.ca
www.gnb.ca

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
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