SUSSEX (GNB) – The provincial government has extended the existing contract with Nutrien and its mine in the Sussex region for the supply of road salt.

“By supporting this local mine, we are putting New Brunswick first,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Jill Green. “Extending this contract through 2027, with the potential for renewals to extend to 2033, will help maintain jobs in Sussex and will facilitate long-term planning by bringing stability to salt prices. This is a great example of how we are supporting economic recovery during these difficult times while being fiscally responsible.”

The initial contract led to the creation of 16 new jobs. The mine currently employs 70 workers.

“We were pleased to work with the Government of New Brunswick in reaching this agreement,” said Executive vice-president and CEO of Potash at Nutrien, Ken Seitz. “It is a win on many levels – using locally produced salt to keep roads safe across the province while keeping New Brunswickers employed in high-quality jobs at our Sussex facility. We are proud to be part of the community and we will continue being a great neighbour in the years ahead – engaging with our stakeholders, working safely and being environmentally responsible.”

The provincial government buys about 180,000 tonnes of road salt per year. Other salt users in the province such as municipalities, schools and hospitals may purchase salt through the government’s contract.

Nutrien is the only coarse road salt supplier with an active mine in New Brunswick. The company produces and distributes 25 million tonnes of potash, nitrogen and phosphate products worldwide.