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Canada to invest in Design Built Mechanical's system for treating wastewater

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  • Canada to invest in Design Built Mechanical's system for treating wastewater

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Clean technologies mean more jobs, an improved environment, and better quality of life for all Atlantic Canadians.  Innovations in clean technologies provide export opportunities for businesses and economic stability for the region. Design Built Mechanical plans to expand its operations by diversifying into new clean tech markets. This will provide long-term economic benefits to the community as well as address ongoing environmental concerns in wastewater treatment applications.

With help from the Government of Canada, Design Built Mechanical will develop an improved system for treating wastewater. Its new system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the amount of chemicals needed to control algae in effluent ponds, and aeration requirements, while improving the overall process to treat wastewater. This system will enable municipalities to extend the life of their lagoons, lower operating costs, and produce cleaner treated water for residents.

That is why the Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), is providing a conditionally repayable contribution of $500,000 for this project.

René Arseneault, Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA made the announcement today. Rémi Massé, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, along with representatives of Design Built Mechanical also took part in the announcement.

The Government of Canada is making smart investments that will create good, middle-class jobs in our country. It is helping small and medium-sized businesses to start-up, expand or modernize and supporting not-for-profit organizations to fuel business growth. Support for this project is one way the Government of Canada is working to achieve its Atlantic Growth Strategy outcome of long-term economic prosperity in the region. 

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“The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is committed to investing in projects that develop clean technology products, processes and services and bring them to market. Innovating in green industries ensures both our long-term economic prosperity and the quality of life in our communities.” - Rémi Massé, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Design Built Mechanical is an important business in this region, providing employment to approximately 120 residents. By developing innovative solutions to wastewater treatment, the company will have a positive impact on the environment in communities around the world as it continues to provide economic benefits here in Charlo.” - René Arseneault, Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“We are very pleased to partner with ACOA in this project that will lead to clear environmental and economic development benefits both locally and provincially. We are developing a solution that will make wastewater treatment more efficient and affordable for smaller communities while maintaining the ability to scale to larger communities. We are very excited by its potential. This will create good, sustainable and long-term jobs right here in northern New Brunswick as we roll out this innovative technology and process to communities that partner with us.” - Luc Bernard, President, Design Built Mechanical Inc.

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada invested $500,000 in this project through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP), while the client is investing $500,000 toward this $1 million project.

  • The BDP primarily assists Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs who want to start a business, increase productivity or improve operations. Investments under the BDP address any gap that may arise if an application does not fit within ACOA’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program.

  • The Business Development Program continues to build on the objectives of the Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.