SELKIRK, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 16, 2012) - James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada will invest $1.6 million in repair, maintenance and construction projects at small craft harbours in Manitoba.
"The fresh water fishery is one of the main economic drivers in our area and the quality of our fish is world renowned, said MP Bezan. "Our government understands the need to support our commercial fishing industry with good infrastructure so fishers can land their catches safely and efficiently in their small craft harbours."
"Our Government is committed to making sure that fishermen have safe and well-kept harbours across the country. Never before has such high priority been placed on Small Craft Harbours nor have infrastructure investments been so extensive," said Minister Ashfield. "Fishermen and women contribute to a healthy economy and we are pleased to provide them with the harbour infrastructure they need to earn a living and support their families."
This year's investment of $51.7 million will fund major repair, maintenance and construction projects, as well as dredging, at approximately 95 fishing harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia. In addition to these major projects, minor repairs and maintenance projects will proceed throughout the year as needed.
In recent years, the Government of Canada has made significant investments in small craft harbours. In 2007, permanent annual funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program was increased by $20 million. Canada's Economic Action Plan, announced in Budget 2009, provided $200 million over two years to accelerate maintenance and repairs and carry out necessary dredging at small craft harbours across the country. In March 2011, an investment of $71.6 million was announced to clean-up and repair storm-damaged small craft harbours in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Manitoba.
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 will invest $1.6 million in six fishing harbours in Manitoba this year. This is part of a $51.7 million investment in small craft harbours for Canada's fishing industry. Major repair, maintenance and construction projects will be undertaken at approximately 95 small craft harbours across the country.
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INVESTMENT IN SMALL CRAFT HARBOURS IN MANITOBA
As part of a $51.7 million investment in small craft harbours across the country in 2012-2013, the Government of Canada will provide $1.6 million to repair and maintain fishing harbours in Manitoba.
Major projects being funded under the program include:
- reconstruction of wharves at Whiskey Jack Portage;
- wharf reconstruction and installation of floating wharves at Playgreen Point;
- wharf reconstruction at Rossville;
- breakwater construction at Berens River (Sigurdsson Island);
- harbour improvements at Netley Creek; and
- engineering studies for a planned wharf repair project at Gimli.
Minor repair and maintenance projects and some advance planning will also be carried out at fishing harbours throughout the province.
Additionally, work will continue at harbours that were damaged by the Manitoba "Weather Bomb" in 2010. In 2011, the Federal Government invested $71.6 million over three years towards the repair of harbours affected by Hurricane Igor in Newfoundland, the Manitoba "Weather Bomb," and the 2010 December storms in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.