Northwestern New Brunswick Gets $10 Million Maple Industry Boost
The New Brunswick and Canadian governments are investing more than $10 million to complete 25 projects benefitting maple syrup producers in the Madawaska and Restigouche regions.
Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour and Minister Donald Arseneault, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, says New Brunswick is the third-largest producer of maple syrup in the world, which is why growing the industry was identified in the government’s recent Economic Growth Plan. He says the provincial government is focused on developing complementary economic opportunities from its forests, including the maple syrup industry.
Madawaska-Restigouche MP René Arseneault says the maple syrup industry is a significant area seasonal employer and the financial support will help with the establishment of four new maple syrup operations and the expansion of another 19 businesses in northern New Brunswick.
Restigouche West MLA Gilles LePage; Madawaska-Restigouche MP René Arseneault; and Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour and Minister Donald Arseneault, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation. [GovNB][/caption]
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's Business Development Program is providing repayable contributions totaling $7,719,336 while the provincial government is investing $2,408,839.
The projects in Kedgwick, Saint-Quentin, Saint-Joseph de Madawaska, Saint-Jacques, Saint-Basile and Val d’Amour include upgrades such as new taps, sap collection and transformation equipment, and renovations or expansions to increase efficiency and production.
The New Brunswick Maple Syrup Association, for maple producers, Christmas tree growers, and woodlot owners, is located in Grand Falls.