FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial and federal governments announced $8.3 million in funding today for 11 infrastructure projects across the province that are intended to provide residents with safe and reliable infrastructure and better position their communities for growth.

“Investments of this type help equip communities with the infrastructure they need for both population and economic growth and help ensure they will continue to flourish for generations to come,” said Environment and Climate Change Minister Gary Crossman, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.

Projects include road improvements in Oromocto and Gagetown as well as a wellfield expansion in McAdam. In addition, maintenance depots in Debec, Centreville, Petitcodiac, Woodman’s Point, Gagetown, Hampton, and Hanwell will receive structural upgrades. These upgrades include removing hazardous material, new roofing and windows, and improved heating and plumbing. A sand dome in Grand Manan will also be upgraded.

“These investments will extend the life of important department facilities,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Jill Green. “The upgraded facilities will help us to effectively manage our large network of roadways, bridges and infrastructure.”

The federal government is investing more than $6.6 million in these projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The provincial government is contributing $980,000 while municipalities and other funding partners are contributing more than $686,000.

“The Government of Canada is taking strong and quick action to protect the health and safety of all Canadians, to stabilize our economy, and support communities across Canada. These projects will extend the lifespan of important community infrastructure across New Brunswick and create energy efficient cost saving benefits,” said Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin. “Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

Atwin spoke for federal Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna.

A complete list of projects is available online.