Canada and New Brunswick fund major infrastructure improvements in Pays de la Sagouine

BOUCTOUCHE, N.B., July 23, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, as part of the 30e anniversary of the Pays de la Sagouine, the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honorable Daniel Allain, Minister of Local Government and Local Governance Reform, and May MailletChairman of the Board of Pays de la Sagouine, announced a joint investment of more than $35.2 million to modernize the infrastructure of the Pays de la Sagouine and improve the visitor experience.

The funding will help Pays de la Sagouine continue to provide an authentic and immersive Acadian experience to people around the world. The project includes the construction of new buildings on the mainland, a new footbridge to Île-aux-Puces, a multifunctional trail that will include a nighttime experience, a wooden boardwalk with gazebo and a terrace with kiosks.

The government of Canada invest more than $21.1 million In this project. The government of New Brunswick contribute more than $14 million.

The governments of Canada and New Brunswick also announced the joint funding of $8.4 million to support the planning and design phase of the New Brunswick Museum project, to prepare for the construction of more energy-efficient facilities.


“The Pays de la Sagouine has been a beacon of Acadian culture for 30 years. The characters who were born in the spirit of Antonine Maillet, one of the greatest ambassadors Acadia has ever known, continues to amaze people who come from all over the world to experience the Acadia of our ancestors. This investment will propel the Pays de la Sagouine into a new phase of its development and allow it to continue to be a cultural destination of choice for the next 30 years. »

The Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities

“Today we are announcing a significant commitment to preserve and showcase the province’s natural and cultural history. The story of the sagouine that comes to life in Pays de la Sagouine has played a key role in Acadian identity and culture. this milestone anniversary, we are announcing an investment in infrastructure that will ensure the long-term viability of the attraction. In addition, we are committed to confirming a permanent home for the New Brunswick Museum in Saint Jean soon, and we are taking significant steps to ensure everyone understands the complexity and full scope of this project so that we do it right. We will make a bigger announcement in the near future regarding funding for this important project for the province of New Brunswick.”

The Honorable Daniel AllainMinister of Local Administration and Local Governance Reform

“Today’s announcement launches work that will span a three-year period. It will transform the space and add value to the experience we invite our visitors to have. And they will further enhance the beauty of At Antonine Maillet’s work. Our mandate is to promote La Sagouine and a whole people and culture here and well beyond our borders. It’s an important mission and we want to fulfill it as best we can.”

May MailletChairman of the Board of Directors of Pays de la Sagouine

“We have been preparing this great project for more than two years. The Pays de la Sagouine is ready to take the next step, which is to transform itself from a cultural and tourist site to a DESTINATION. We want people to come and spend more time here. The whole region will benefit from it. We have surrounded ourselves with organizations and companies specializing in tourism and cultural development. They have accompanied us in our reflections and our research. We are delighted to see that all of this will be able to materialize. . .”

Monique PoirierCo-Director General of the Pays de la Sagouine

Fast facts

  • The government of from Canada funding comes from the Community, Culture and Recreation component of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure program.
  • The investment in Canada The infrastructure program provides $33.5 billion over 11 years for public infrastructure through Canada. Under this program, provinces and territories prioritize projects and submit them to Infrastructure Canada for review. To date, the program has approved more than $20 billion for more than 4,500 projects in communities across the country.
  • Over the past six years, Infrastructure Canada has invested more than $1.1 billion to 774 projects under the Community, Culture and Recreational Infrastructure component under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure program across the country.
  • Infrastructure Canada helps address the complex challenges Canadians face every day, from the rapid growth of our cities, to climate change, to environmental threats to our waters and lands.
  • The funding announced today is supported by the Government of from Canada work under the Atlantic Growth Strategy to create well-paying middle class jobs, strengthen local economies and build inclusive communities.

Related links

Invest in Canada: from Canada Long term infrastructure plan

Invest in Canada Plan the project map

Federal investments in infrastructure New Brunswick
Infrastructure Canada – Infrastructure in New Brunswick Infrastructure Canada – House

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For further information: Jean-Sébastien Comeau, Press Secretary and Communications Advisor, Office of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, 343-574-8116, [email protected]; Mary-Anne Hurley-Corbyn, director of communications, Regional Development Corporation, 506-457-4996, [email protected]; Media Relations, Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll Free: 1-877-250-7154, [email protected]

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