FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers are invited to participate in the pre-budget consultation process for the 2021-22 budget.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for everyone and has made us look at doing things differently,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Ernie Steeves. “As we launch the 2021-22 pre-budget consultation period, the public is invited to share their views on how we can build a lasting and sustainable recovery that will support a better future for all New Brunswickers.”

Members of the public have until Feb 11 to participate in an online survey or to send their comments and feedback by email to

A pre-budget consultation document has been prepared which provides context on the challenges facing the province, contains current financial information, and lists the following questions related to the government’s top six priorities:
  • In which areas should the government prioritize investments to make you healthier?
  • What tools and resources are needed to support the advancement of our education system and the success of our students?
  • How can private sector investment be stimulated such that it will support a stronger, more resilient economy?
  • What should the government focus on to improve local governance and support the growth of vibrant and sustainable communities?
  • Where should the government prioritize its efforts in protecting the environment and addressing the impact of climate change?
  • What services can be moved online to reduce costs and increase flexibility for New Brunswickers?

“Our 2021-22 budget will reflect the time we live in,” said Steeves. “The decisions we make as a government and as a province must take into consideration the impact of the pandemic, the need to support an economic recovery and fiscal responsibility.”

Discussion Paper and discussion questions for public input now available!

The Canada Water Agency Discussion Paper, “Toward the Creation of a Canada Water Agency,” is now available in the Resources section of our consultation site: The Discussion Paper presents key issues for consideration in the Government of Canada's approach to creating a Canada Water Agency.

Have your say! The Discussion Paper contains a series of discussion issues accompanied by a set of questions. To provide your responses to these questions, use our online survey tool. Input on the discussion paper will be accepted until March 1, 2021. Feedback can also be sent directly by email to or by regular mail.

Feedback on this Discussion Paper will inform the Government’s next steps in implementing the commitment to create a Canada Water Agency. Broad input from stakeholders and the public is currently being sought through our PlaceSpeak site. Separate processes are underway to engage directly with Indigenous peoples and provinces and territories.

Visit the PlaceSpeak Events section! In addition to providing your feedback through the PlaceSpeak site, plan to join us at our National Freshwater Policy Forum on January 27 & 28, 2021, and Regional freshwater forums planned for February.

For any questions, you can contact us directly at

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In 2018, the Government of Canada launched the Canadian Centre for Climate Services (CCCS) to provide Canadians with information and support to consider climate change in their decisions. The CCCS provides leadership in co-delivery of climate services across Canada, and it does this by coordinating with a growing national network of regional climate expert organizations. These regional organizations deliver local user-driven services, facilitate access to regionally tailored climate information, data and tools, and provide training and support to their stakeholders and clients.

The CCCS is currently seeking applicants to form a new Atlantic climate expert organization to meet the needs of Atlantic Canadians. This request for proposals will provide up to $1.648 million in funding over three years, with the opportunity for extension.

To be eligible to apply for the opportunity, applicants must be one of the following:
  • Not-for-profit organization, non-governmental organization (NGO)
  • Existing climate consortia
  • Indigenous government or organization
  • Academic institution

We invite you to apply now. The deadline for submitting a proposal is 11:59 pm Atlantic Standard Time (AST) on January 25, 2021.

Also, we invite you to participate in a webinar hosted by the CCCS and Atlantic provincial colleagues on Thursday, December 10th from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm AST to answer any questions that you may have at this time. A meeting invitation with a Zoom link is attached to this message.

Thank you for your interest in supporting climate change adaptation in Canada.

Canadian Centre for Climate Services
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Government of Canada

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The New Brunswick Lung Association is distributing 15-20 PurpleAir PM2.5 monitors across the province and we are looking for people, businesses or organizations who are willing to install the monitor on the exterior of their building or home. We are casting a wide net, but only have a limited number of monitors, so if we get a lot of interest, we will be choosing based on location and timing. 

We hope you as an NBEN member would be willing to participate in our citizen science project.

We would like to install a PurpleAir PM2.5 monitor on the exterior of your facility or home to gather data on the level of PM2.5 in your region. Our goal is to increase the public’s understanding of the health risks of PM2.5, possible exposure sources, and the protective actions they can take to reduce exposure. We are reaching out to a few selected municipal or business building owners in your area for monitor placement, and we hope to be able to work with you.  

The installation of the monitor is fairly simple, requiring only an electrical outlet and a wi-fi signal. The data from the monitors will be able to be viewed by the public on the Purple Monitor website. After installation there will be little need for you to attend to the monitor. We would also engage your local community through social media about the data the monitor is capturing. 

Specific regions we are hoping to have a monitor include:

  • Sussex region
  • Edmundston area
  • Miramichi region
  • Stanley/Doaktown region
  • Near the Maine/NB border
  • Saint John/Grand Bay/Quispamsis
  • Fredericton/Gagetown/Harvey

Please contact Alyse Wilton at NB Lung for more information or to request a monitor:
Belleisle Watershed Coalition
Belleisle Watershed Coalition requires an individual to assemble our annual water monitoring report for the NBETF. All data has been gathered and previous annual reports are available as a guideline. For more information, please contact
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