FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Health’s capital budget will be $60.2 million in 2015-16, Health Minister Victor Boudreau announced today.

Investments of $33.9 million will be committed for major capital projects including the construction of the Fredericton Downtown Community Health Centre, while $25 million has been allocated towards capital improvements and the purchase of equipment.

“Improving our health care system is part of our government’s plan for New Brunswick to be the best place to a raise family,” said Boudreau.

Department officials will work with the regional health authorities to determine how funding for capital equipment and improvements will be distributed.

This year’s capital budget includes:

  • $1.3 million for the new Centre of Excellence – a provincial mental health treatment centre for youth.
  • $4.8 million towards the construction of the Fredericton Downtown Community Health Centre.
  • $15.6 million for continuing work on the addition of the surgical suite and renovations at the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton.
  • $10 million for continuing work of the addition and renovation project at Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst.
  • $3.5 million for the demolition of the old Restigouche Hospital Centre in Campbellton.

“We need to plan our investments today to ensure that our health care infrastructure is well-positioned to meet tomorrow’s demands in the most efficient manner possible,” said Boudreau.