Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

June 04, 2007 09:49 ET

Canada's New Government Announces Federal Funding for Wharf Reconstruction at McBeth Point Harbour in Manitoba

MCBETH POINT, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 4, 2007) - James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, announced today, on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, that Canada's New Government will provide funding to reconstruct the wharf at the Small Craft Harbours facility in McBeth Point, Manitoba.

"A priority of Canada's New Government is to provide safe and viable harbours to support the commercial fishing industry," said Mr. Bezan. "Local fishers using the wharf at McBeth Point will benefit from this investment in their harbour's infrastructure."

The McBeth Point Harbour is the home port for a significant number of commercial fishers on Lake Winnipeg. The condition of the wharf has deteriorated to the point where it is no longer safe and functional for use by the commercial fishers. The project will consist of reconstructing the timber crib and span wharf.

A detailed assessment to determine the level of reconstruction necessary will be undertaken by Public Works and Government Services Canada. The project will be tendered for construction to begin after the fall fishing season. The wharf is expected to be operational by spring 2008.

This project is being undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as part of its Small Craft Harbours Program, in close collaboration with the McBeth Point Harbour Authority, which manages and operates the facility for local users. This close cooperation with clients allows the federal government to continue to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada, in support of commercial fishers.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Central and Arctic Region, Sarnia, Ontario
    Carol Bond
    Communications Officer