St. Stephen – The governments of Canada and New Brunswick recognize the key role of tourism infrastructure in encouraging local economic development, creating dynamic communities and protecting Canada’s diverse heritage.
Today, New Brunswick Premier, the Honourable Brian Gallant, Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Allan MacEachern, Mayor of St. Stephen, announced over $1.1 million in funding to restore an important tourist attraction and gathering place in St. Stephen.
“Our government is proud to invest in the restoration of St. Stephen’s Waterfront,” said Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest. “In addition to attracting new tourists to this heritage river, the upgraded waterfront will also stimulate further business development in Southwestern New Brunswick.”
The St. Stephen wharf restoration project comprises the installation of new floating docks, an updated gangway and approach area as well as an adjacent boat launch ramp. Along with additional lighting and improved signage, these upgrades will make the location safer for visitors.
The restored site will benefit local businesses by attracting more people to the downtown area and ensure this historic landmark on the St. Croix River remains an important symbol of the community of St. Stephen for decades to come.
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are each contributing over $378,000 to this project through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – Small Communities Fund. The Town of St. Stephen will also provide more than $378,000, bringing the total municipal-provincial-federal investment to over $1.1 million.
- The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
- Budget 2017 proposes $21.9 billion to support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
- These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a 2-year federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas:
- Skilled workforce/Immigration;
- Clean growth and climate change;
- Trade and investment;
Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html#Toc477707375
Federal infrastructure investments in New Brunswick: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/nb-eng.html
Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – Small Communities Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/sc-cp-eng.html
Atlantic Growth Strategy: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html.
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Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Director of Communications
Office of MP Karen Ludwig, New Brunswick Southwest
Regional Development Corporation