L'ANSE-AU-GRIFFON, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Dec. 21, 2016) - The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie - Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced today funding in the amount of $1.9 million for the transfer of the L'Anse-au Griffon harbour infrastructure to the Town of Gaspé.
The L'Anse-au-Griffon harbour facilities are mainly used for tourism activities and recreational boating. The funding will be used to build a service area, install a new ramp and floating wharves, as well as repair and stabilize the wharf faces.
This work will support tourism development opportunities which will benefit local businesses, harbour users and the entire region.
This transfer is part of the Small Craft Harbours divestiture program. The Town of Gaspé, as the new owner, will continue to operate this harbour as a public facility.
- The Small Craft Harbours divestiture program aims to transfer ownership and operation of recreational harbours to interested third parties, including municipalities, which are better positioned to operate these harbours in a manner that is more efficient and responsive to the needs of the local economy.
- Since 1995, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has successfully divested over 1,100 harbours throughout the country.
"The Town of Gaspé has demonstrated an interest in managing and developing the waterfront assets at l'Anse-au-Griffon for the benefit of the local community. I would like to highlight the collaborative work between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Town of Gaspé which has made this possible."
The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie-Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine
"The transfer of the l'Anse-au-Griffon harbour to the Town of Gaspé will ensure that local residents and visitors to the area will benefit from having adequate harbour facilities for years to come."
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
For more information on Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Small Craft Harbours Program: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sch-ppb/home-accueil-eng.htm
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