Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

April 03, 2007 11:19 ET

Canada's New Government Announces the Transfer of the Port Dover Recreational Harbour Facility

PORT DOVER, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 3, 2007) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Member of Parliament for the constituency of Haldimand--Norfolk, announced today that the federal government has transferred ownership of the recreational Small Craft Harbours' Port Dover facility to the Corporation of Norfolk County. Minister Finley made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

"Port Dover is a community that cares a great deal about its harbour facilities and has taken a lead role in managing them," said Minister Finley. "That's why today's announcement is so important. It means local ownership and development for an asset that will now benefit everyone in Norfolk County."

"I am extremely pleased that Norfolk is assuming ownership of the Port Dover recreational harbour facility," noted Norfolk Mayor Dennis Travale. "We appreciate the assistance of Minister Finley and Minister Hearn to bring this deal to a successful conclusion; the citizens of Norfolk have gained a tremendously valuable asset."

The recreational harbour facility at Port Dover is comprised of approximately 35.56 hectares of property consisting of a breakwater system, service wharf structures, a floating dock system and a launching ramp. In conjunction with the transfer, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has provided funding in the amount of $200,000 to the Corporation of Norfolk County.

This transfer is part of the Recreational Harbour Divestiture Program administered by DFO's Small Craft Harbours Directorate. The Corporation of Norfolk County, as the new owner, will continue operating the harbour as a public facility.

For further information on this project under the Recreational Harbours Divestiture Program, please contact:

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Central and Arctic Region
    Sarnia, Ontario
    Carol Bond, Communications Officer
    Citizenship and Immigration
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Philippe Mailhot
    Press Secretary to Minister Finley