New disaster mitigation infrastructure to better protect residents of Saint John

Infrastructure Canada

Today, Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John-Rothesay, and John MacKenzie, Deputy Mayor of the City of Saint John, announced more than $30 million in joint funding for climate-resilient infrastructure projects in Saint John.

Funding will support raising the Courtenay Bay Causeway to prevent flooding during storm surges and rising sea levels as well as the construction of a new pumping station to allow for drainage of the forebay during high-tide conditions. These projects will help protect critical infrastructure and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

In addition, this investment will increase the flood resiliency of critical wastewater infrastructure across the city. The project includes rehabilitating and raising the berms to protect the Lancaster Wastewater Treatment Facility from flooding, replacing and raising the ultraviolet disinfection system at the Millidgeville Wastewater Treatment Facility and incorporating additional flood protection measures in the Lower Cove sewer system. The upgrades to these facilities are vital to mitigating the risk of damage from flooding, as well as reducing risk of sewer backup and the release of untreated wastewater into the environment.

By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada is growing our country’s economy, increasing the resiliency of our communities, and improving the lives of Canadians.

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