Gas Tax Fund (GTF)
The Fund is the payment program under the Canada-New Brunswick Agreement on the Transfer of Federal Gas Tax Revenues and, in Phase I, the Provincial Gas Tax Transfer Top-up Fund.
Over $324 million is being invested towards projects in New Brunswick over a nine-year period for environmentally sustainable infrastructure in municipal and unincorporated areas of the province. These investments will result in these environmental benefits: cleaner air, cleaner water, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, as outlined in the New Brunswick Gas Tax Fund Outcomes Report (2005-2009).
Phase I (2005-09)
The Government of Canada has provided $116 million to communities in New Brunswick over a five-year period, and the Province has provided $30 million in top-up funding.
Phase II (2010-13)
The Government of Canada is providing $178.5 million to communities in New Brunswick over a four-year period.
New Brunswick municipalities (cities, towns, villages) and rural communities (meeting specific conditions) are eligible to receive these allocations. Eligible project categories include water, wastewater, solid waste, public transit, local roads and bridges, community energy systems and capacity building.
In unincorporated areas, priority infrastructure investments are being identified by the Department of Environment and Local Government, in collaboration with the Department of Health, based on knowledge and interaction at the local community level.
Approximately $235 million will be allocated to incorporated areas and approximately $89 million over nine years will be invested in unincorporated areas. As required by the GTF Agreement, municipalities must develop Capital Investment Plans. These plans must not only identify the specific projects to be undertaken as a result of receiving money through the GTF Agreement but also indicate what the outcomes of such projects will be and how they will be measured. Each Local Service District will not have a specific allocation but through a Provincial Capital Investment Plan, funds will be used to address specific environmental problems on a regional basis in the unincorporated areas.
An information package including guidelines and templates has been submitted to all municipalities to facilitate the development of their Capital Investment Plans.