Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

August 05, 2011 15:00 ET

Harper Government Invests in British Columbia Harbours

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 5, 2011) - Randy Kamp, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada will invest in the repair and maintenance of small craft harbours in British Columbia.

"Our Government is committed to ensuring a healthy future for British Columbia's commercial fishery and the communities that depend on this important industry," said Mr. Kamp. "We are pleased to fund the repair and maintenance work that will ensure harbours are open, safe and in good repair for the fish harvesters who rely on them."

This year, Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Small Craft Harbours Program will undertake necessary dredging, repair and maintenance projects at 16 core commercial fishing harbours across British Columbia. Minor repair and maintenance projects will also be carried out at harbours throughout the province.

"This Government continues to demonstrate its commitment to renewing infrastructure at fishing harbours across Canada," said Mr. Kamp. "The projects announced today will benefit commercial fishers and their communities for years to come."

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.

FOR BROADCAST:

The Government of Canada will invest $7.9 million to repair and maintain small craft harbours in British Columbia this year. This funding is part of a total of $57 million being provided for small craft harbours across the country.

Backgrounder

INVESTMENTS IN SMALL CRAFT HARBOURS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

As part of a $57 million investment in small craft harbours across the country in 2011-2012, the Government of Canada will provide $7.9 million to repair and maintain small craft harbours in British Columbia.

Major projects that will be funded under the program include:

  • completion of breakwater reconstruction at French Creek on Vancouver Island;
  • floating wharf projects at Port McNeil, Steveston (Paramount), Comox and Port Alberni;
  • stormwater management projects at Steveston (Paramount) and Ganges;
  • harbour repairs at Cowichan Bay , Degnen Bay, Ganges, Gilford Island, Hartley Bay, and Marktosis (Ahousat Village);
  • wharf and shoreline repairs at Port Edward;
  • completion of installation of floating breakwaters at Lund, Comox and Kelsey Bay;
  • basin dredging at Steveston (Paramount) and at other sites on the Fraser River;
  • completion of construction of a rock breakwater at Sointula; and
  • installation of a fire protection system at the Prince Rupert (Fairview Bay) harbour.

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

In recent years, the Government has made significant investments in Canada's fishing harbours. Permanent annual funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program was increased by $20 million in 2007-08. Canada's Economic Action Plan provided an additional $200 million for harbour repair and improvement projects across the country, including $22.7 million for projects in British Columbia (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/npress-communique/2009/pr13-eng.htm), in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.

Contact Information

  • Carrie Mishima
    Communications
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    604-666-0392

    Barbara Mottram, Press Secretary
    Office of the The Honourable Keith Ashfield
    Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    613-992-3474