Minister of infrastructure Monte McNaughton said that the province will fund 49 schemes across the state.

The projects, worth about US$58 million in federal, provincial and local investments, are the first to be nominated under the rural and northern funding stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, a 10-year, US$22-billion fund that is supporting public transit, roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

The federal government will review the projects for eligibility under the programme and make final funding decisions. Construction could begin this year.

"These are important projects and we're excited to get them built," said McNaughton. "Now it's up to the federal government to approve them."