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N.B. announces 2018-19 infrastructure investment

By ReNew Canada 07:59AM November 09, 2017

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The Government of New Brunswick will invest $815.3 million in public infrastructure in 2018-19 including a record $12.6 million in tourism infrastructure.

New investments total $28.1 million while $787.2 million is earmarked for maintenance and the continuation of previously announced projects.

The government will invest in a multi-year approach to upgrading tourism infrastructure. It will invest $12.6 million on parks, trails, historic sites, and other tourism infrastructure. This represents a 19.1 per cent increase over the level of investment last year.

Tourism infrastructure investments include:

  • an investment at the New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre;
  • funding for Ministers Island;
  • Scenic Drive Infrastructure investments; and
  • Provincial Park Revitalization.

$105.8 million is being invested in primary and secondary schools across the province. The following projects are currently under construction or are undergoing mid-life upgrades:

  • Oromocto High School;
  • Saint John High School;
  • Cité des Jeunes A.-M.-Sormany;
  • Bath Community School renovation;
  • École Marie-Gaétane;
  • Centre scolaire communautaire La fontaine;
  • École Arc-en-ciel; and
  • New Campbellton K-8 school.

Additionally, the government will undertake mid-life reviews at 15 more schools around the province and make investments in community college infrastructure.

Finance Minister Cathy Rogers said the government will invest $99.9 million to ensure patients get the care they need as the government continues to plan strategically around hospitals and health-care infrastructure to provide a level of health care to New Brunswickers that is effective, efficient, and supportive to positive health-care outcomes. This includes continuing the work on additions and renovations at the following hospitals:

  • Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre;
  • Saint John Regional Hospital;
  • Chaleur Regional Hospital; and the
  • Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital.

The government will invest $458.1 million in roads, bridges, buildings, and other infrastructure. This continues ongoing construction on sections of Route 11 and the Fundy Trail Parkway Connector.

Building upon the $46.1 million the government has already invested in energy retrofits and renewable energy upgrades, a further $20.3 million will be invested in 2018-19.

Additional details will be provided when departments present to main estimates.

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