Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

May 05, 2008 10:00 ET

Federal Investment in the Riviere au Tonnerre Fishing Harbour on Quebec's North Shore

RIVIERE AU TONNERRE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 5, 2008) - Denis Lebel, Member of Parliament for Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean, today announced, on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, a federal investment in the Riviere au Tonnerre fishing harbour on Quebec's North Shore.

"This significant investment will help restore the levels of service of all Riviere au Tonnerre harbour facilities," stated Mr. Lebel. "Today's announcement clearly shows that the Government of Canada recognizes the importance of regional social and economic development and highlights the important contribution of local volonteers in the community."

"The excellent co-operation we have enjoyed with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is what has made this major announcement in our region possible," said the municipality's mayor, Jeannot Boudreau. Mayor Boudreau went on to say that "Minister Hearn and his department were key in ensuring that the Riviere au Tonnerre project got off the ground."

This large-scale project involves demolishing the existing northern wharf and replacing it with a new structure on pilings, including a concrete slab. A system of fenders, mooring cleats and bollards, ladders, electrical service pedestals and proper lighting will be installed along the wharf.

The tendering process for the project will be launched shortly with a view to an anticipated contract award around June 20. The construction work is expected to begin this summer.

This project is being undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Small Craft Harbours Program, in close collaboration with the Harbour Authority that manages and operates the facilities for local users. Such 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.

The Government of Canada understands the importance of small craft harbours to communities across the country. Since February 2006, the permanent annual funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program has been increased by $20 million, with a further $10 million commitment made in Budget 2008 over two years for repairs and environmental cleanup at recreational and non-core fishing harbours to permit the transfer of these harbours to interested parties.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Quebec City, Quebec
    Michel Plamondon
    Communications Advisor
    418-648-5419