Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

May 11, 2009 13:49 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan: Creating Jobs and Benefitting Science - Government of Canada Invests in Modernizing Federal Laboratories in St. Andrews

ST. ANDREWS, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - May 11, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, today announced more than $1.3 million in funding over the next two years to modernize the St. Andrews Biological Station.

In Budget 2009, Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government committed to an accelerated investment program to provide $250 million, over the next two years, to modernize federal laboratories. The funding, one of the many job-creating investments in the Economic Action Plan, will improve these facilities while providing economic stimulus in regions across the country.

"This program is addressing important maintenance issues in our laboratories and will quickly bring economic stimulus to our region," said Minister Thompson. "This funding will provide jobs for workers to repair, upgrade and conduct other maintenance work at this facility. With this funding, our scientists and researchers will have healthier and more modern work environments that will better support research and development."

The St. Andrews Biological Station, Atlantic Canada's first marine biological research station, began operations in St. Andrews in 1908. Today, the Station is actively engaged in research on aquaculture, assessing marine fish stocks to provide scientific advice for fish management and the Species at Risk program, studies on the coastal marine environment, biodiversity research, and studies on the biological effects of pesticides and contaminants on various fish species. The station also supports the development and establishment of Marine Protected Areas, which contribute to the improved health, integrity, and productivity of our marine ecosystems and help advance integrated ocean management.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan visit www.actionplan.gc.ca

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BACKGROUNDER

CANADA'S ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN

Creating Jobs and Benefitting Science - Government of Canada Invests in Modernizing Federal Laboratories in St. Andrews

Project

St. Andrews Biological Station - Base Building Repairs and Upgrades
http://www.mar.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sabs/SABS-SBSA/SABS_Welcome-eng.html

Department

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Location

St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Name and function of Laboratory/Facility

The St. Andrew's Biological Station, Atlantic Canada's first marine biological research station, began operations in St. Andrews in 1908. Today, the Station is actively engaged in research on aquaculture, assessing marine fish stocks to provide scientific advice for fish management and the Species at Risk program, studies on the coastal marine environment, biodiversity research, and studies on the biological effects of pesticides and contaminants on various fish species. The Station also supports the development and establishment of Marine Protected Areas, which contribute to the improved health, integrity and productivity of our marine ecosystems and help advance integrated ocean management.

Funding amount

$592,000 in 2009-2010 and $737,000 in 2010-2011.

Project description

This project consists of repairs, upgrades or other maintenance work of base building components to help ensure the continued operation of the facilities. It will address operational requirements such as paving, roof repairs, exterior painting, removal of asbestos, upgrading of emergency power systems, replacement of the water tank stands, renovations of the Lauzier and Esther Lord buildings, construction of net and salt sheds, installation of a dehumidifier system, and demolition of an obsolete hatchery building. The project will focus on operational requirement standards for the buildings that are not part of the current major reconstruction project of a New Wet Lab and New Science Building.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Office of the Minister
    Nancy Bishay
    Press Secretary
    613-992-3474
    or
    TTY (Telecommunications device for the hearing impaired)
    613-957-9090