Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

March 01, 2008 15:56 ET

Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Minister Finley Announces Repairs to the Outer East Pier at Port Dover, Ontario

PORT DOVER, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 1, 2008) - Canada's Government will invest approximately $1.8 million in the rehabilitation of the outer east pier at the commercial fishing harbour facility in Port Dover, Ontario. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk, announced the investment today on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

"Our government understands the importance of harbours to Canada's fish harvesters and communities, which is why we made a $10 million commitment in Budget 2008 for harbour repairs and environmental cleanup at harbours," said Minister Finley. "Today, I am proud to announce this investment of $1.8 million for the repair of Port Dover's harbour. These repairs will allow continued safe access by commercial fish harvesters and other users for years to come."

The Port Dover commercial fishing harbour facility, which is located at the mouth of the Lynn River, consists of two river entrance structures, a commercial harbour basin and wharves. The scope of the repair work will involve the encapsulation of the existing outer east pier with steel sheet piling and the installation of a new concrete deck. This work is a continuation of the project that was undertaken in January 2007 to repair the inner east entrance pier structure and is necessary to restore safety at the harbour as well as facilitating the ongoing use by commercial fish harvesters and other users.

The project was recently tendered by Public Works and Government Services Canada and the project was awarded to Dean Construction Company Limited. On-site work began in mid-January and the project will be completed by this summer.

This project is being undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Small Craft Harbours Program, in collaboration with the Port Dover Harbour Authority Corporation that manages and operates the facility for the benefit of local users. It is this close co-operation that enables the federal government to continue to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada in support of commercial fishing.

Contact Information

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