Canada Funds New Brunswick Wastewater Treatment Plant

The project includes provincial and local funding and will replace aging infrastructure in the community of Chipman.

The governments of Canada and the province of New Brunswick announced investments in a wastewater treatment project for the community of Chipman, with the federal aid coming from the Government of Canada's Clean Water and Waste Water Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50 percent of the funding for this project—slightly over $1.7 million—and the province is providing more than $892,000. The municipality will provide the rest, Dominic LeBlanc, minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced last week on behalf of the Amarjeet Sohi, minister of Infrastructure and Communities, along with Brian Gallant, premier of New Brunswick.

The project will construct a new and improved wastewater treatment facility that supplants aging infrastructure currently servicing the community and offers upgraded processes to ensure cleaner water flows into the Salmon River.

LeBlanc and Gallant also announced 73 other clean water and wastewater projects across New Brunswick that will benefit an additional 46 communities. The federal government is providing up to 50 percent of the funding—more than $38 million—while New Brunswick is providing more than $19 million. Along with the projects announced under this fund in August 2016, a total of 121 projects are now approved.

"Water and wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintaining clean waterways and a healthy environment. We have committed to engaging with our regional partners to make sure they have the support they need to build sustainable communities and create well-paying jobs for the middle class. I'm glad to see these critical projects moving forward, which will help ensure the long-term health and prosperity of New Brunswick residents for generations to come," said LeBlanc.

"New Brunswickers want their government to invest in projects that will create more jobs," Gallant said. "Funding infrastructure projects for essential services like clean, accessible drinking water are integral to supporting a community's capacity to foster economic development, to support its people, and to attract businesses."

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