from the federal, provincial and municipal governments today marked an
important milestone in the Saint John Harbour Clean-Up project, with the official
opening of the Eastern Wastewater Treatment Facility. MP Rodney Weston, on
behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for the Atlantic
Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and La Francophonie, and the Honourable
Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Trevor
Holder, Minister of Tourism and Parks and His Worship Ivan Court, Mayor of
Saint John, were on hand for the event.
Government has been working together with provincial and municipal governments
to deliver results to the people of New Brunswick through important
improvements and upgrades to municipal infrastructure,” said MP Weston. “Our
federal investment through the Canada
Strategic Infrastructure Fund will make a real difference in Saint John
by strengthening local infrastructure, improving the quality of life, and
helping our economy.”
“The Eastern Waste Water Treatment Facility is a great
example of the partnership and collaboration that make New Brunswick such a
great place to be,” said Tourism and Parks Minister Trevor Holder. “This
project will contribute to the quality of life for residents in the city and
will support future growth as our region and our province continue to prosper.”
Harbour Clean Up initiative is a series of projects to redirect old sewer pipes
that currently empty into the harbour to a new wastewater treatment facility. Part
of the project is the construction of the Eastern Waste Water Treatment
Facility. This new facility will help Saint John reach its objective of 100%
treatment of collected municipal wastewater and elimination of all raw sewage
into the harbour.
the completion of the Eastern Waste Water Treatment Facility, Saint John is
positioned as a leader in Atlantic Canada, with three water treatment
facilities meeting its environmental protection obligations,” said Mayor Court.
“With the support of both the federal and provincial governments, the Saint
John Harbour Clean-Up Program shows the environmental leadership required to
protect our harbour, the gateway to the Bay of Fundy."
In 2007, Infrastructure Canada signed an
agreement with the City of Saint John under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure
Fund to upgrade the City’s waste water treatment system. Under CSIF, the Government of Canada’
contribution to the Saint John Harbour Clean-Up project was $26.6 million. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is
responsible for managing the funding on behalf of Infrastructure Canada. The Province of New Brunswick and the City of
Saint John also invested $26.6 million in this initiative.
View the report to Common Council detailing the project here.