Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

December 16, 2009 10:00 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan: Government of Canada Invests in New Small Boats for Fisheries Enforcement

TANGIER, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2009) - ATTN Photo editors: A photo for this release will be available via Marketwire on the picture wire of The Canadian Press

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced Government of Canada funding for Rosborough Boats Limited of Tangier, Nova Scotia to build five Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). This $985,000 project will be funded through Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"I'm pleased that workers are benefiting from our Government's investment in Nova Scotia's economy," said Minister MacKay. "Our Government's Economic Action Plan is at work in our community - putting people to work and stimulating the local economy."

The new RHIBs will be used to support the DFO Conservation and Protection program in Newfoundland. They will be 7.5 metres in length, and will replace existing boats that are nearing the end of their service life. All five vessels will be delivered by March 2011.

In October, Rosborough Boats Limited was awarded a $2.9 million contract to build nine similar 9-metre vessels, eight of which were funded through the Economic Action Plan. This project is already underway and the vessels should be ready to support the DFO Conservation and Protection program in the Maritimes, Gulf, Quebec and Newfoundland Regions by March 2011.

"These investments demonstrate our Government's commitment to the fishing industry," said Minister MacKay. "The fisheries officers carrying out monitoring and enforcement as part of the Conservation and Protection program need the right tools to do the job. These vessels are known for their speed and adaptability to conditions and will support the important work our fisheries officers undertake every day in protecting our fisheries."

As part of the $175 million provided through Canada's Economic Action Plan, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard will procure 60 new small craft and 38 other small boats and barges, and undertake major repair work on 40 of its aging large vessels. Several contracts have been awarded as a result of competitive processes, and work is underway in shipyards across the country.


Backgrounder:

Budget 2009 - Small Boats (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/back-fiche/2009/budget2009e-eng.htm)


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Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Phil Jenkins
    Media Relations
    613-990-7537
    or
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Nancy Bishay
    Press Secretary
    613-992-3474