Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

August 18, 2009 10:00 ET

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

Canada's Economic Action Plan at Work in New Brunswick

ST. ANDREWS, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Aug. 18, 2009) - Local workers and businesses will benefit from a major new investment in small craft harbours throughout southwestern New Brunswick, the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veteran's Affairs and Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, announced today on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

"A thriving commercial fishery is vital to families, businesses and communities throughout our region - from Dumfries to Grand Manan" said Minister Thompson. "By investing in small craft harbours our government is creating local jobs right away, and ensuring that those who depend on the fishery can count on safe and modern harbours for years to come."

In New Brunswick Southwest over $20.6 million in funding is being provided for small craft harbours projects at the following locations: Back Bay, Beaver Harbour, Blacks Harbour, Dipper Harbour, Five Fathom Hole, Head Harbour, Ingalls Head, Lords Cove, Malloch Beach, North Head, Seal Cove, Seeleys Cove, White Head, and Wilsons Beach.

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 regular program funding of approximately $80 million for the Small Craft Harbours Program this year.

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.

Information about projects being carried out in the Province of New Brunswick under Canada's Economic Action Plan and the small craft harbours regular program may be found at:

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, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    Office of the Minister
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Nancy Bishay
    Press Secretary