Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

July 31, 2009 12:33 ET

Minister Shea and MP Kerr Detail Repair and Improvement Projects for Small Craft Harbours in Western Nova Scotia

DENNIS POINT, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - July 31, 2009) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, today announced how federal funding will be used to improve small craft harbours in Dennis Point, Abbotts Harbour and Lower East Pubnico.

"Our Government is working to create jobs and strengthen the long-term economy of coastal communities," said Minister Shea. "Through projects like this, we are delivering on the commitments we have made through Canada's Economic Action Plan."

A $2.3M investment from Canada's Economic Action Plan and $800,000 in regular program funding will fund a major harbour development project and dredging at Dennis Point. Work is already underway. A contract has been awarded to Tri-County Construction of Yarmouth to extend two wharfs. Dredging will be carried out by McNally Construction Ltd.

The small craft harbour in Lower East Pubnico will undergo a $3.9M development project, including wharf construction, new floats, dredging and building a service area. Work is getting underway with the award of a contract to R.J. MacIsaac Construction Ltd., to build a new pile wharf and a new marginal wharf.

Bidding closed on July 30, for a project at Abbotts Harbour. A contractor should soon begin working on reconstructing the wharf deck.

"Improving these harbours will stimulate the local economy," said MP Kerr. "Our Government's Economic Action Plan will help to ensure that these harbours are given the enhancements needed to support our community's commercial fishery for years to come."

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

Small Craft Harbours is one of many job-creating programs benefiting from investments under Canada's Economic Action Plan. Under this plan, $200 million over two years will accelerate harbour repair and maintenance and fund dredging projects. This new investment is in addition to regular program funding of approximately $80 million for other projects within the Small Craft Harbours Program this year.

Information about projects being carried out in the Province of Nova Scotia under Canada's Economic Action Plan and the small craft harbours regular program may be found at:

For more information on the Small Craft Harbours Program, visit For further information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit


Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    Marie-Eve Higo
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Office of the Minister
    Nancy Bishay
    Press Secretary
    House of Commons
    Ottawa, Ontario
    c/o Office of Greg Kerr
    Alexia Forrester