Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

April 23, 2010 09:37 ET

Minister Ashfield Announces Investment in Fishing Harbours Across New Brunswick

BLACKS HARBOUR, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - April 23, 2010) - The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, and Member of Parliament for Fredericton, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that the Government of Canada will invest $15 million for repair and improvement projects at small craft harbours in communities throughout New Brunswick.

"The commercial fishery is very important to the people of New Brunswick and our government recognizes the need for a well-functioning network of small craft harbours to support the industry," said Minister Ashfield. "We are investing in much-needed improvements at core fishing harbours throughout New Brunswick, to provide economic benefits, jobs, and opportunities for communities for generations."

Across Canada, the Small Craft Harbours Program is investing $67 million to revitalize small craft harbours and support the livelihood of those Canadians who depend on them. Safety and operational efficiency at harbours across the country will be improved through a variety of projects including dredging, wharf repairs, electrical system updates, and general maintenance. 

Today's investment is in addition to the funding provided by Canada's Economic Action Plan, which provides $200 million for two years for harbour repairs and maintenance projects. These projects were announced in 2009, and work will continue until March 2011.

Small craft harbour repair and improvement projects are undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as part of its Small Craft Harbours Program, in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users. Close cooperation between the department and harbour authorities allows the federal government 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
    Gulf Region
    Frederic Butruille
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Office of the Minister
    Nancy Bishay
    Press Secretary