Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

May 02, 2009 11:51 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan: New Small Craft Harbour Projects in Nova Scotia Will Strengthen the Local Economy and Create Jobs

Canada's Economic Action Plan at Work in Nova Scotia

PICTOU LANDING, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - May 2, 2009) - Local workers and businesses will benefit from a major new investment in small craft harbours throughout Nova Scotia, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence said today.

"Our government recognizes the importance of Nova Scotia's commercial fishery and has made a significant investment in small craft harbours through Canada's Economic Action Plan," said Minister MacKay. "By investing in small craft harbours our government is creating local jobs right away and ensuring that those who rely on the fishery can rely on improved harbour facilities."

The Small Craft Harbours Program is one of many job-creating investments contained in Canada's Economic Action Plan. Through this plan, communities throughout Canada will receive $200 million over two years to accelerate harbour repair and maintenance, as well as undertake dredging projects. This new investment is in addition to already budgeted funding of approximately $80 million for the Small Craft Harbour Program for this year.

In Nova Scotia, $40.2 million is being provided under Canada's Economic Action Plan for projects at core commercial fishing harbours over the next two years. This is in addition to $7.9 million in regular program funding this year in the province.

These projects are being undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Small Craft Harbours Program, in close 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.

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


Federal Funding for Small Craft Harbours in Nova Scotia

Canada's Economic Action Plan at Work

The funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program announced in Canada's Economic Action Plan includes $40.2 million for projects at small craft harbours in Nova Scotia. This new investment is in addition to regular program funding for the Small Craft Harbour Program of approximately $7.9 million for the province of Nova Scotia.

The following projects will be carried under the program:

Major harbour development projects currently underway will be accelerated this year at Arisaig, Margaree, Newellton, Pictou Landing and West Head. New major projects will be starting at Canso, Centreville, Dennis Point, Falls Point, Lower East Pubnico, Lower Sandy Point, and Saulnierville. Planning for future major projects will take place at Caribou Ferry, Cheticamp, Havre Boucher, Louisbourg, Murphys Pond, Neils Harbour, Port Bickerton East and Wedge Point.

Wharf repairs and improvements are planned for Abbots Harbour, Bush Island, Caribou Ferry, Cribbons Point, Delaps Cove, Fox Point, Halls Harbour, Hampton, Indian Point, Ingomar, Jones Harbour, Little River (Digby County), Lower Prospect, Lower Wedgeport, Mabou, Marie Joseph, Meteghan, Mill Cove, Neils Harbour, Owls Head, Port Morien, Shag Harbour, Skinners Cove, Sonora, Toney River, Wallace, West Green Harbour, West Head and Westport.

Dredging work is scheduled for Dennis Point, Dingwall, Pleasant Bay, Little River Harbour, Port Morien, Skinners Cove and Toney River.

Breakwater construction and repairs will take place at Baileys Brook, Bay St. Lawrence, Cripple Creek, Ingonish Ferry, Margaree, Pleasant Bay and Port La Tour.

The construction and repair of launching ramps will be undertaken at Battery Point, Bay St. Lawrence, Big Bras d'Or, Canso, Central Port Mouton, Little Liscomb, Margaree, Owls Head, Peggys Cove, Pictou Landing and West Berlin.

As well, electrical service improvements will be carried out at Cheticamp and Bay St. Lawrence.


Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Moncton, NB
    Frederic Butruille
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    John W. Morris