Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

August 23, 2010 13:43 ET

Government of Canada Announces Support for Small Craft Harbours on Northern Vancouver Island

Canada's Economic Action Plan Provides Funding for Much Needed Repair Work

CAMPBELL RIVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2010) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that the Government of Canada is investing $4.85 million to improve small craft harbours throughout Northern Vancouver Island. The improvement projects will provide local fishers with access to safer, more efficient harbour facilities.

"Our government understands that commercial harvesters need well-maintained harbours to earn their livelihood, and we recognize the strong role that harbours play in the local economy," said Minister Shea. "Our government's investment will help to ensure that these harbours are in good operating condition for years to come."

"Vibrant small craft harbours create economic opportunities and employment, and support the livelihoods of the communities here in Northern Vancouver Island," said the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North.

Small craft harbours in Alert Bay, Bull Harbour, Cape Mudge, Fanny Bay, Heriot Bay and Port McNeill will benefit from a $1.4 million investment in 2010/11. These projects are part of the $67 million that the Small Craft Harbours Program of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is investing across the country, including the $8.5 million investment announced April 23, 2010 for harbours in British Columbia. The federal investment also leverages additional funding from a variety of partners to support small craft harbour projects.

The Government's investment will revitalize small craft harbours and contribute to the livelihood of Canadians who depend on them. Safety and operational efficiency at harbours across the country will be improved through a variety of projects including harbour and float repairs, wharf construction, breakwater upgrades, shore protection and service building reconstruction.

In addition, Canada's Economic Action Plan is providing $200 million over two years for harbour repairs and maintenance projects across the country. On Northern Vancouver Island, small craft harbours in Alert Bay, Campbell River, Comox, Deep Bay, Discovery, Fanny Bay, Heriot Bay, Kelsey Bay, Port Hardy, Quathiaski Cove, Sointula, Winter Harbour, and Zeballos are benefitting from a $3.45 million investment. The work is expected to be completed by the end of this fiscal year.

These repair and improvement projects are being undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users. Close cooperation between DFO and harbour authorities allows the Government of Canada to continue to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada in support of the commercial fishing industry.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Carrie Mishima
    Communications Advisor
    (604) 666-0392
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Nancy Bishay
    Director of Communications, Office of the Minister
    (613) 992-3474