Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

October 26, 2007 17:49 ET

Recreational Harbour Facility to Be Transferred to Municipality of Port Hope

PORT HOPE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2007) - The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today with Rick Norlock, Member of Parliament for Northumberland - Quinte West that the Federal Government will transfer ownership of the recreational Small Craft Harbours' Port Hope facility to the Municipality of Port Hope.

"The Municipality of Port Hope has clearly demonstrated an interest in managing and developing the area's waterfront assets for the benefit of the community", said Minister Hearn. "The transfer will ensure that the Municipality of Port Hope is able to continue with this focus for years to come."

This transfer is part of the Recreational Harbour Divestiture Program administered by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Small Craft Harbours Branch. The Municipality of Port Hope will become the owner and continue operating the harbour as a public facility.

"The divestiture of these lands is the result of the Municipality of Port Hope's commitment to beautify their waterfront, and I am pleased to have been part of this process," said MP Norlock. "Minister Hearn and his department have worked hard to bring this project to fruition. All parties involved have been cooperative, professional and accommodating and are to be commended for their hard work on this file."

Port Hope Mayor Linda Thompson noted that the divestiture of the recreational harbour to the Municipality is a critical piece to the eventual development of our waterfront. "This transfer will enable us to work with our local residents, organizations and partners to plan a waterfront that will be a significant asset for the community for many years to come, said Mayor Thompson. "I wish to acknowledge the strong support of our MP, Rick Norlock, regarding this matter."

The recreational harbour facility at Port Hope is composed of approximately 70 hectares of property including a river entrance breakwater system, extensive marginal wharves, west and east slip, and a launching ramp. In conjunction with the transfer, Fisheries and Oceans Canada will provide grant funding to the Municipality of Port Hope to undertake future dredging of the entrance channel.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Central and Arctic Region
    Carol Bond
    Communications Officer