Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

June 07, 2009 10:30 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Delivering for Fisheries and Marine Industries

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - June 7, 2009) - Communities across Canada are directly benefiting from the more than $343 million that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is investing into job creating projects through the Harper Government's Economic Action Plan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea, announced today.

"Canada's fishing and marine industries are vital to the economic future of hundreds of Canadian communities and supporting these industries must be part of Canada's response to the global recession," said Minister Shea. "That is why our Economic Action Plan focuses on projects that will help create jobs for Canadians today while building our fishing and marine industries for the future."

Improvements to small craft harbours to support fishing communities

- Since Canada's Economic Action Plan was announced on January 27, 2009, DFO has announced investments totalling $192.1 million in projects at small craft harbours throughout Canada. Major developments, harbour repairs and maintenance, and dredging projects are being undertaken to improve harbours that will support commercial fishing for years to come.

Investments in the Canadian Coast Guard fleet to support search and rescue, ice-breaking and on-ship science

- Another $112.6 million of investments in the Canadian Coast Guard have been announced to undertake major repairs and extend the service of 40 of its largest vessels, and for the design of three new inshore fisheries science vessels. These long-term investments will support Canadians and shipbuilding across Canada, and are a result of our Government's recognition that the Coast Guard is a vital contributor to Canada's maritime economy.

Modernized DFO labs to strengthen Canada's network of marine research

- The Harper Government has also provided $28.2 million to modernize DFO's laboratories and science facilities in British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Quebec. This includes $8 million invested in DFO's Salmonid Enhancement Program facilities and hatcheries throughout British Columbia.

Another key measure of the Economic Action Plan is a two-year, $1-billion Community Adjustment Fund to support coastal communities affected by the declining global demand for seafood. To date, this fund has provided $10 million to support the development of the lobster industry in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.

Under the Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada will invest $40 billion over the next two years to support the economy and help create jobs. For more information, please visit www.actionplan.gc.ca


BACKGROUNDER

Canada's Economic Action Plan at Work: DFO investments total $343 million

Under Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is investing $343 million through the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in areas that will have direct beneficial impacts on the Canadian economy. As a federal department with a strong presence throughout Canada, DFO's investments will strengthen local economies, create jobs and enhance communities.

Small Craft Harbours

Over the next two years, Canada's Economic Action Plan will fund $200 million worth of projects at small craft harbours across the country. Already, $192.1 million has been announced for projects totalling:

- $52.5M in Newfoundland and Labrador;

- $33.2M in New Brunswick;

- $40.2M in Nova Scotia;

- $22.7M in British Columbia;

- $22.5M in Quebec;

- $13.9M in Prince Edward Island;

- $4.6M in Ontario; and

- $2.5M in Manitoba.

The projects being undertaken include harbour construction and development, repairs and improvements, and dredging at core commercial fishing harbours. This investment is in addition to the regular program funding of approximately $80 million for projects across Canada in 2009-10.

Canadian Coast Guard

Under Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is investing $175M over two years in the Canadian Coast Guard to procure new vessels and to undertake major repair work. $112.6M of this investment will be used for vessel life extensions, to help fund vessel refits, and for the design of three new inshore fisheries science vessels.

Vessel Life Extensions

Over the next two years, $74 million will be invested in vessel life extension for five of the Canadian Coast Guard's largest vessels. Vessel life extensions will allow the CCG to maintain its present capacity, while increasing the reliability and availability of these vessels.

The work will be undertaken on the CCGS Bartlett stationed in Victoria, (British Columbia), the CCGS Tracy stationed in Quebec City, (Quebec), the CCGS Limnos stationed in Burlington, (Ontario), the CCGS Tanu stationed in Victoria, (British Columbia); and the CCGS Cape Roger stationed in St. John's (Newfoundland and Labrador).

Vessel Refits

The Canadian Coast Guard's annual budget for repair work will be supplemented with $38M from Canada's Economic Action Plan. Vessels will undergo general repair, refit, maintenance and updating obsolete systems.

Of the 35 vessels scheduled to undergo major repair work, six are stationed in the Pacific region, six in the Central and Arctic region, seven in the Quebec region, six in the Maritimes region, and ten in Newfoundland and Labrador. This work will improve the reliability of the vessels to deliver CCG services and programs as well as the on-water needs of other Government of Canada departments.

Inshore Fisheries Science Vessels

The Canadian Coast Guard will procure three new Inshore Fisheries Science vessels, which will replace existing vessels. These new vessels will allow the DFO fisheries researchers and scientists to conduct critical research in inshore waters. The $650,000 contract for the design of these vessels has been awarded, and the new vessels will be acquired by March 2011.

Federal laboratories and science facilities

Canada's Economic Action Plan will provide $250 million over two years to modernize federal laboratories across the country. Already, $20.2M has been provided for upgrades and improvements to DFO facilities, as follows:

- $1.1M for a project in Winnipeg, Manitoba;

- $6.7M for projects in Newfoundland and Labrador;

- $6M for projects in British Columbia;

- $4.6M for a project in Mont-Joli, Quebec; and,

- $1.8M for projects in New Brunswick.

Another $8M has been directed to upgrading DFO's 33 Salmonid Enhancement Program facilities and hatcheries throughout British Columbia.

Community Adjustment Fund

Canada's Economic Action Plan also provides $1 billion over two years for the Community Adjustment Fund, to support economic diversification in coastal communities affected by the declining global demand for seafood. DFO is working with regional development agencies to invest in initiatives that will help the fishing industry adjust to new market demands.

Under the Community Adjustment Fund, the Government of Canada has provided $10 million to support the lobster industry in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. This investment, delivered through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, will be used to improve marketing, assist in innovation, and develop products and technologies.

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Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Scott Cantin
    Media Relations
    613-993-5413
    or
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    Nancy Bishay, Press Secretary
    613-992-3474