Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

June 05, 2009 10:17 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan: New Small Craft Harbours Projects in New Brunswick Will Strengthen the Local Economy and Create Jobs

Canada's Economic Action Plan at Work in NB

ESCUMINAC, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - June 5, 2009) - Local workers and businesses will benefit from a major new investment in small craft harbours throughout New Brunswick, Tilly O'Neill-Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi, announced today, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

"The commercial fishery is vital to families and businesses in numerous communities across New Brunswick," said MP O'Neill-Gordon. "By investing in small craft harbours, our government is creating local jobs right away, and ensuring that those who rely on the fishery can depend on improved harbours for years to come."

Funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program is one of many job-creating investments contained in Canada's Economic Action Plan. Through this plan, communities across Canada will receive $200 million over two years to accelerate harbour repair and maintenance, as well as undertake dredging projects. This new investment is in addition to already budgeted funding of approximately $80 million for the Small Craft Harbours Program for this year.

$33.2 million is being provided under the Canada's Economic Action Plan for projects at core commercial fishing harbours over the next two years. This is in addition to $8.7 million regular program funding this year in New Brunswick.

These projects are being undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Small Craft Harbours Program, in close collaboration with the harbour authorities that manage and operate the facilities for local users. This close co-operation allows the Government of Canada to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada, in support of commercial fish harvesters.

Details about projects may be found in the attached backgrounder.

For more information about the Small Craft Harbours Program, visit To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit


Federal Funding for Small Craft Harbours Projects in New Brunswick

Canada's Economic Action Plan at Work

The funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program announced in Canada's Economic Action Plan includes $33.2 million for projects at small craft harbours in New Brunswick. This new investment is in addition to regular program funding for the Small Craft Harbour Program of approximately $8.7 million for the province of New Brunswick.

The following projects will be carried out under the program:

Major harbour development projects currently underway will be accelerated this year at Beaver Harbour, Ingalls Head, Richibucto and Seal Cove. New major harbour improvement projects will be starting at Blacks Harbour, Escuminac, Lameque, Le Goulet, Lords Cove, Pigeon Hill, Seeleys Cove and Shippagan. Planning for future major capital projects will take place at North Head and White Head.

Wharf repairs or reconstruction are scheduled this year at Anse Bleue, Back Bay, Barre de Cocagne, Black River, Cape Tormentine, Dipper Harbour, Five Fathom Hole, Head Harbour, Mallochs Beach, McEacherns Point, Miscou, North Head, Petit Cap, Petit Shippagan, Petit Rocher, Pigeon Hill, St. Martins, Stonehaven and Wilsons Beach.

Floating wharves will be installed at Caraquet and at Back Bay, which will also be the site of fender and electrical work. The wharf at Botsford will be protected with additional armour stone while breakwater reconstruction will take place at Chockpish and Les Aboiteaux.

Dredging work is planned at Chockpish, McEacherns Point, Pigeon Hill, Pointe Sapin, Pointe Verte, and Sainte-Marie-Sur-Mer.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Gulf Region/Moncton, NB
    Frederic Butruille
    Corporate Communications Manager
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Office of the Minister
    Nancy Bishay, Press Secretary