Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

July 16, 2012 12:26 ET

Harper Government Announces Investment in Harbours for Nova Scotia Fishing Industry

ANTIGONISH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - July 16, 2012) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada will invest $8.4 million in repair, maintenance and construction projects at small craft harbours in Nova Scotia.

"Our Government understands the important role that the fishing industry plays in the economic growth of Nova Scotia," said Minister MacKay. "That is why I am very pleased to announce new investments that support safe and efficient harbours for the hard working commercial fishers in our province."

"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.

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The Government of Canada will invest $8.4 million in 22 harbours in Nova Scotia. This is part of a $51.7 million investment in fishing harbours for Canada's fishing industry this year. Major repair, maintenance and construction projects will be undertaken at approximately 95 small craft harbours across the country.


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As part of a $51.7 million investment in small craft harbours across the country in 2012-2013, the Government of Canada will provide $8.4 million to repair and maintain fishing harbours in Nova Scotia.

Major projects being funded under the program include:

  • wharf repairs at Kraut Point (Riverport) and Petit-de-Grat;
  • harbour improvements at Neils Harbour;
  • float repairs at Pinkneys Point;
  • completion of harbour development projects at Canso and breakwater extension at Saulnierville;
  • electrical system repairs at Larrys River;
  • breakwater improvements at Newellton;
  • completion of design and engineering work related to a breakwater at Cape St. Mary's;
  • engineering work for a future wharf extension at Port Morien;
  • preliminary design work for a ramp at Lower East Pubnico;
  • a zonal planning study for Blandford and New Harbour;
  • an analysis of harbour use and needs for Parkers Cove; and
  • dredging at Chéticamp (La Digue), Glace Bay, Larrys River, Mabou Harbour, Malagash, Meteghan, Toney River, Wallace and Wedge Point (Wedgeport).

Minor repair and maintenance projects, studies and planning will also be carried out at fishing harbours throughout the province.

Additionally, work will continue at harbours that were damaged by storms 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.

Contact Information

  • Communications Branch
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Maritimes Region

    Barbara Mottram
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada