Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

May 08, 2009 11:41 ET

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

Canada's Economic Action Plan at Work in Ontario

WHEATLEY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 8, 2009) - Local workers and businesses will benefit from a major new investment in small craft harbours throughout Ontario, the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, announced today.

"The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that Ontario's commercial fishery has access to a network of harbours that are open, safe and in good repair," said Minister Finley. "By funding our core fishing harbours today, we are making certain that commercial fish harvesters have good operating conditions to pursue their livelihood in the years to come. With the help of Canada's Economic Action Plan, we are assisting Ontario's communities to weather the current economic storm."

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 Harbours Program this year.

$4.6 million is being provided under Canada's Economic Action Plan to accelerate projects at commercial fishing harbours in Ontario over the next two years. This is additional to $1 million in regular program funding for this year in Ontario.

Pier and wharf rehabilitation or extension projects will be carried out at the following harbours:

- Batchawana;
- Blind River;
- Mamainse;
- Providence Bay;
- Rondeau;
- Silver Water;
- Southampton and
- Wheatley.

In addition, channel dredging is also slated for the Mamainse and Wheatley harbours and major harbour infrastructure repairs are in the planning stages for the recreational harbour facility in Cornwall.

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 for local users. This close co-operation with clients 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

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Central and Arctic Region
    Sarnia, Ontario
    Hilary Prince, Communications Officer