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New Brunswickers can now access comprehensive and interactive flood hazard mapping to help inform them of flood-prone areas and the effect of climate change on water levels in the province.


“We experience both coastal and inland flooding in our province,” said Environment and Climate Change Minister Hon. Gary Crossman. “These maps are an asset to the public, local governments, land planners and developers to help make decisions to reduce flood-related risks to people and property.”


The flood hazard mapping uses the latest information and modeling technology to identify areas at risk and incorporates the effects of climate change. In New Brunswick, flooding is a potential year-round problem as it can be caused by one or a combination of heavy rain, ice jams, snow melt and coastal storm surges.


“With climate change, we will see more storm surges and more inland flooding,” said Crossman. “We have completed climate change adaptation plans for 48 communities and expect another eight to be completed by March.’’


Crossman said this includes all cities and high-risk coastal municipalities and most communities in the lower Saint John River system.


The mapping will assist in decisions about land-planning, flood-proofing existing infrastructure and planning evacuation routes in the event of a flood.


“This is an excellent step toward a data-centred approach to climate change adaptation measures for New Brunswick,” said Amanda Dean, Atlantic vice-president for the Insurance Bureau of Canada. “Making high-quality maps available to homeowners, insurers and governments will help to ensure that everyone has a clearer understanding of risk and will help inform decision-making and risk planning well into the future. The property and casualty insurance industry applauds the government for taking this important initiative.”


To view the map, visit https://geonb.snb.ca/flood_hazard_maps/index.html


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At 11:59 pm on Friday, January 14th, New Brunswick will enter Level 3 of the Winter Action Plan. This will last until Sunday, January 30th at 11:59 pm. This move has not been taken lightly, but is necessary to manage the load being put on our health care system with the ongoing spread of the Omicron variant. To be clear, our healthcare system is at a crisis stage.


Level 3 restrictions include the following:

-Single-household bubble.

-No public gatherings (formal or informal) are permitted.

-Restaurants will be limited to drive-thru, takeout and delivery only.

-Retail businesses will remain open under the same restrictions as Level 2. Use of curbside pickup or delivery services are encouraged where possible.

-Gym, spas, salons, and entertainment centres (movie theatres, casinos, etc.) are closed.

-Faith venues can hold outdoor, virtual or in-car services only.

-Organized sports are not permitted.

-Public K-12 schools will continue learning online for the duration of Level 3. Schools will return to in-person learning on January 31st.


These measures will no doubt have significant impacts on our small businesses. Cabinet has therefore approved OpportunitiesNB to launch Phase 3 of the Small Business Recovery Grant. Eligible businesses will be able to apply for a non-repayable grant of up to $10,000. The approval process will be expedited to help businesses receive immediate relief. The expected turnaround is 3-4 days.


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The 2022-2025 Core Support Program application is now available for arts organizations. The deadline is March 7th.


More information on the program is available here: https://bit.ly/3FXhOV8



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