OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 2, 2013) - The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the federal government is investing approximately $2.3 million for additional repair and improvement projects at small craft harbours across Canada.
This work is in addition to major projects and dredging work being carried out at approximately 95 fishing harbours throughout the country, announced in July 2012.
"Safe and efficient fishing harbours are critical to those who make their living from the fishery," said Minister Ashfield. "The projects we are announcing today will improve the safety and operational efficiency of several harbours across the country. Our Government continues to invest in coastal communities and prepare Canada's fishing industry for the future."
The projects involve small craft harbour facilities at the following locations:
- Jerseyside, Dildo, and Port de Grave, Newfoundland and Labrador
- New Harbour (Guysborough County), and Jones Harbour, Nova Scotia
- Seal Cove, New Brunswick
- Tête-à-la-Baleine, Grosse-Île, and Rivière-au-Renard, Quebec
- Port Dover, Ontario
- Port Simpson, British Columbia
Initial dredging operations are being carried out at harbours in the Gaspé Peninsula and the Magdalen Islands.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada undertakes these projects in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users. Close cooperation between the Department and harbour authorities allows the federal government to continue to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada in support of the commercial fishing industry.
The Government of Canada remains focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and of course, their personal financial security.
Additional Projects at Small Craft Harbours across Canada
Government of Canada funding for additional small craft harbour projects will ensure fishing harbours across Canada are safe and functional to support the commercial fishing industry.
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ADDITIONAL PROJECTS AT SMALL CRAFT HARBOURS ACROSS CANADA
The Government of Canada is providing approximately $2.3 million under the Small Craft Harbours Program to carry out repair, maintenance and construction projects at several fishing harbours across Canada. This work is in addition to major projects and dredging work also being carried out at approximately 95 fishing harbours throughout the country, announced in July 2012.
Projects being funded with the approximately $2.3 million include:
Newfoundland and Labrador ($460,000)
- Repairs to the finger pier wharf that sustained storm damage late last summer at Jerseyside;
- Breakwater repairs at Port de Grave and Dildo to restore safe berthage and protection for the fishing fleet.
Nova Scotia ($660,000)
- Wharf reconstruction at Jones Harbour to provide safe and additional berthage for fishing vessels and to ensure safe navigation;
- Breakwater repairs at New Harbour (Guysborough County) to improve harbour conditions and minimize the effects of future storms.
New Brunswick ($200,000)
- Electrical upgrades at Seal Cove; this project will result in substantial improvements to safety and the working environment for fishermen.
- Installation of an offloading crane at Tête-à-la-Baleine to facilitate fish handling operations;
- Repairs to floating wharves at Grosse-Île to address safety concerns, enhance harbour operations and provide a better working environment for fishermen;
- Repairs to the ladders on the main wharf at Rivière-au-Renard to ensure the safety of fishermen and other users;
- Start-up of dredging at harbours in the Gaspé Peninsula and the Magdalen Islands to ensure fishing activities can safely take place at the beginning of the fishing season this spring.
- Safety-related repairs to the fendering system, adjacent parapet and ramps on the harbour jetties at Port Dover.
British Columbia ($300,000)
- Replacement of floats at Port Simpson; this work is necessary to accommodate larger fishing vessels in the context of an increased harvesting and processing capacity in the community.
Funding for Additional Small Craft Harbours Projects to Benefit Fishermen