The governments of Canada and New Brunswick, along with the City of Fredericton announced more than $36 million for two projects aimed at improving water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.
“Our government is pleased to support this significant investment in the City of Fredericton’s core water and wastewater infrastructure,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Jill Green. “These projects help position the city for future growth and protect the natural environment. At the same time, it will help pave the way for funding the performing arts centre by giving the city more funding capacity.”
One of the projects is related to ongoing upgrades at the Barkers Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. Specialized tanks, pumps, pipes and other systems related to the treatment of wastewater will be replaced. This work will reduce the likelihood of failures and water loss at the facility, minimizing its potential impact on nearby bodies of water.
The other project will involve the renewal of water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure on various streets around the city over the next five years and replacing affected sidewalks in those areas.
“Water-related infrastructure plays a pivotal role in the health of residents and the environment,” said Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin. “Upgrading and modernizing water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure in Fredericton will help the community better meet demands for services, while increasing capacity to handle a changing climate.”
The provincial government is contributing about $12.1 million for these two projects. The federal government is investing about $14.6 million through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The City of Fredericton is providing about $9.7 million.
“On behalf of Fredericton city council, I extend my thanks to the federal and provincial governments for their funding support to water and wastewater projects in our community,” said Mayor Kate Rogers. “We are proud of our asset management approach that allows us to spend the right money at the right time on these renewal and replacement efforts. We are also excited that, because of our strong fiscal management approach, this funding will give us the financial flexibility needed to apply the federal funds we receive under the Canada Community-Building Fund towards the new performing arts centre.”
Featured image: (L to R) Jill Green, New Brunswick Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Fredericton MP, Jenica Atwin and Kate Rogers, Mayor for the City of Fredericton. (Government of New Brunswick)