PAQUETVILLE (GNB) – The provincial government will invest $522,000 to expand and renovate the Paquetville Health Centre.

“Your government knows that New Brunswickers want a solid, dynamic health-care system,” said Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry. “This investment reflects our commitment to developing a network of community health centres to provide New Brunswickers with better access to health professionals in non-urgent situations.”

Landry was speaking on behalf of Health Minister Victor Boudreau.

The funding will be used to add 130 square metres (1,400 square feet) to the centre and to renovate 186 square metres (2,000 square feet) of the existing building.

The provincial government estimates these investments will increase the centre’s life span by 20 years.

The design of the project began in 2016 and construction should be completed in December.

“The Department of Health’s investments perfectly support one of our key priorities for the next three years, which is to offer continuous primary health-care services as close as possible to the person’s community,” said Gilles Lanteigne, CEO of Vitalité Health Network.

Improving access to primary and acute care is one of the pillars in the New Brunswick Family Plan Framework document. The plan will help improve the lives of residents by addressing the factors that have the greatest impact on health and well-being. It focuses government action on seven key areas: improving access to primary and acute care; promoting wellness; supporting those with mental health challenges; fostering healthy aging and support for seniors; advancing women’s equality; reducing poverty; and providing support for persons living with a disability.