N.B. announces $1 million in conditional funding for hospice project
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Published Monday, June 17, 2019 12:54PM ADT
Last Updated Tuesday, June 18, 2019 7:26AM ADT
MONCTON, N.B. -- A planned $5-million residential hospice in Moncton, N.B., got a $1-million funding boost Monday from the province.
However, the funding commitment is conditional on Ottawa providing matching funds towards the facility.
Service New Brunswick Minister Sherry Wilson made the announcement at the official launch of Hospice Southeast New Brunswick's capital campaign.
Dennis Cochrane, president of the charitable organization, says the province's donation "sets the tone" for the capital campaign.
Construction on the residential facility is set to begin in early 2020 with an anticipated opening in fall of 2020.
Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, the MP for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, called the hospice project important and said federal funding is already available.
"In the bilateral agreement with the government of New Brunswick, we have transferred $12.42 million in 2018-2019 to improve home and palliative care services," she said in an emailed statement. "We will also transfer another $13.45 million in 2019-2020."