The Federal government will be paying $2-billion over three years for new electric fence post systems in British Columbia and the United States, the Liberals announced Tuesday.
In a press release, the federal government said the deal would see the government pay for about 1,000 electrified fence posts and provide up to $3.5-billion in capital to help build out more of the electrified systems in the future.
The $2 billion, three-year contract will also cover the installation of up to 20 new electric fences at sites across British Columbia.
Electrifying fences at B.C. sites: The deal also includes $3-billion of funding for the construction of two more electrified fencing posts in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.
It is the first time the federal Liberals have directly funded the purchase of fencing posts for B.S. and U.S.-based industries, said Liberal spokeswoman Amanda Galbraith.
“The Government will be spending $2,000 per day on electric fencing, as opposed to $5,000 for other types of fencing,” she said.
Newfoundland and Labrador has been the focus of a major fight over the purchase and installation of electrified fences in recent years.
Liberal cabinet minister Doug Cameron said the agreement is an example of the Government’s commitment to invest in infrastructure that is green and will support the long-term economic growth of the province.
“It’s a great way for B and U to continue to have a strong presence in the marketplace and provide for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador,” Cameron said.
“We are very excited to be working with the Newfoundland and New Brunswick government to make sure they have the necessary support to move forward.”
The new fencing will be part of the new $3 billion Northern Gateway project to bring energy from the Arctic Ocean to the coast of B.A., he said.