BLACKS HARBOUR, N.B. — The governments of Canada and New Brunswick recently announced 19 projects for southwestern New Brunswick valued at more than $2.8 million.
Approved projects range in size and cost and include $380,000 for the Village of Blacks Harbour to upgrade the ice-plant system, lighting, score clock and heating system at the Patrick Connors Recreational Complex; $300,000 from the Canada Community-Building Fund for the Welsford Fire Department to expand; and $60,000 for the Royal Canadian Legion No. 62 in Clifton Royal for a new metal roof.
The Canada Community-Building Fund is a permanent source of federal funding for infrastructure investments, states a release. While 80 per cent of the funding is allocated to local governments, 20 per cent is available for projects benefiting the residents of local service districts.
The Department of Environment and local government conducted stakeholder engagement sessions to help determine infrastructure priorities for local service districts. Preference was given to applications for improvements to existing infrastructure; low-cost recreation, sport, culture and tourism projects with regional benefits; projects that meet provincial priorities, such as energizing the private sector, creating vibrant and sustainable communities, and the environment; projects receiving additional financial support such as from donations, fundraising efforts, local tax contributions, or other funding programs; and projects benefiting multiple stakeholders.
Regional service commissions, water and wastewater commissions, community groups and other organizations offering services that benefit unincorporated areas were invited to apply for funding, adds the release. There is about $55 million available for New Brunswick’s unincorporated areas. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2024.
For more information on the Canada Community-Building Fund visit Canada Community-Building Fund (gnb.ca)