Lawrence Station, New Brunswick, September 29, 2017— The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are committed to investing in local infrastructure that ensures Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable waste management services that meet their needs. These investments safeguard the health and well-being of residents, protect provincial waterways and preserve local ecosystems.
Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable John Ames, New Brunswick Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, and Joyce Wright, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Southwest New Brunswick Service Commission, today announced $4.5 million in funding to support upgrades to the Hemlock Knoll Landfill.
The project involves installing new treatment ponds and a new leachate filter, as well as upgrading pumping stations and site piping to reduce harmful waste going into the environment. Once completed, the rehabilitation of the Hemlock Knoll Landfill will provide residents with an environmentally sustainable and cost effective waste management system for years to come.
“Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, the Government of Canada is helping communities in New Brunswick Southwest, and all across Canada, to make informed decisions about their infrastructure investments. The rehabilitation of the Hemlock Knoll Landfill will protect the environment, create jobs and keep New Brunswick communities healthy for generations to come.”
~Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“We’re pleased to see this significant and environmental upgrade to our landfill system in southwest New Brunswick. This project is an important investment that will upgrade facilities in order to help us efficiently and responsibly manage our waste in the long run.”
~The Honourable John Ames, New Brunswick Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture
“Ensuring the protection of our environment is an important value of all New Brunswickers and Canadians. This investment in a major expansion of the capacity of our leachate treatment system here at our landfill ensures that for the foreseeable future all waste water coming out of the landfill is fully treated before it is released into environment. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to sincerely thank the Federal and Provincial governments for their tremendous financial support for this much needed investment.”
~Joyce Wright, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Southwest New Brunswick Service Commission
- The Government of Canada is contributing $4.5 million to this project through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF).
- The GTF has provided over $472 million to communities in New Brunswick since its introduction in 2005.
- The GTF provides Canadian municipalities with a permanent, predictable and indexed source of long-term funding.
- The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
- $21.9 billion of this funding will support green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
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
Federal Gas Tax Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html
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Director of Communications
Office of MP Karen Ludwig
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Marc André Chiasson
Department of Environment and Local Government