CAMPBELLTON (GNB) – The provincial government is providing $104,500 through the Environmental Trust Fund for six projects in the Restigouche region in 2018-19.

“Your government is committed to protecting the environment with investments that help us achieve our goals of job creation and responsible economic growth through innovative and green projects,” said Labour, Employment and Population Growth Minister Gilles LePage. “This regional funding is providing the necessary support for local projects that help make New Brunswick the best place to raise a family.”

LePage spoke on behalf of Environment and Local Government Minister Andrew Harvey.

Today’s announcement was made at the Restigouche Regional Service Commission, which is receiving $60,000 to advance recycling efforts in that region.

“The Environmental Trust Fund is an important funding mechanism for our organization, and, with this support, we are pleased to be able to continue bringing quality environmental programming, like the Recycling in Restigouche program, to our region,” said commission chair Denis Savoie.

Other projects in the region include funding for the Comité du bassin versant du ruisseau Five Fingers, the Village of Eel River Crossing, the City of Campbellton and the Conseil de gestion du bassin versant de la rivière Restigouche.

The 2018-19 Environmental Trust Fund priority action areas are:

  • protecting the environment;
  • increasing environmental awareness;
  • managing waste;
  • addressing climate change; and
  • building sustainable communities.

The Environmental Trust Fund is investing about $8.4 million in environmental projects in 2018-19. This includes 227 community-based environmental initiatives worth more than $6.6 million, as well as almost $1.8 million in provincewide projects.

More information, including the list of approved projects and initiatives, is available on the Department of Environment and Local Government’s website.