Office of the Premier
Provincial government strongly considering twinning with Quebec regional county municipalities17 July 2020
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is strongly considering twinning with Avignon Regional County Municipality and Témiscouata Regional County Municipality in Quebec to allow residents from these regions to travel to New Brunswick without needing to self-isolate.
“There is such a sense of community between the Campbellton region and our neighbours across the Restigouche River, and between Témiscouata and Edmundston,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “We are exploring whether it is feasible to ease our border restrictions to reunite these communities, while still keeping New Brunswick residents safe.”
The Department of Health is currently assembling data to determine the best way to move forward with this proposed change, including the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the regional municipalities, public health advice, border control measures and epidemiological information. Departmental staff will present recommendations to the all party-cabinet COVID-19 committee and cabinet next week.
Avignon Regional County Municipality borders Restigouche County and includes the communities of Listuguj First Nation and Pointe-à-la-Croix. The Témiscouata Regional County Municipality borders Madawaska County. Residents of the regions could be permitted to travel into New Brunswick in the coming days.17-07-20