A $2.7-million project to add trades shops at the Centre scolaire communautaire La fontaine in Neguac was announced this weekend by Premier Brian Gallant. 

The project will expand and renovate the shops at the French language and heritage school and learning center, bringing them up to provincial standards. The provincial government will invest $75,000 this year to identify components needing upgrades and to confirm a cost estimate.

From left: Neguac Mayor Georges Savoie; Gérard Robichaud, vice-chair of the Francophone nord-est school district education council; Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Bill Fraser; Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Serge Rousselle; Premier Brian Gallant; Miramichi Bay-Neguac MLA Lisa Harris; and Denis Losier, school principal.

“Education and training are crucial parts of our plan to create economic growth and jobs in New Brunswick,” said Gallant. “Trades are an integral part of our economy. Exposing our youth to these opportunities is important for their personal development and for the economic development of our province.”

“We are determined to become a smart province by investing more in education than ever before, and that is why we are proud to make today’s announcement,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Serge Rousselle.

The Neguac project, expected to be completed in December 2018, is a priority identified by Francophone nord-est school district. The kindergarten to Grade 12 school has 436 students.

In 2016-17, the department will invest $108.6 million in several infrastructure projects at schools. It will start planning for several new projects, and it will continue work from last year to build new schools as well as renovate and make additions to existing ones.