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.