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Fisheries and Oceans Canada

September 03, 2013 09:13 ET

Harper Government Invests in Small Craft Harbours in Nova Scotia

CARIBOU FERRY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 3, 2013) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that the Government of Canada will invest $10.2 million in maintenance, repair, construction and dredging projects at small craft harbours in Nova Scotia.

"Small craft harbours play a vital role in securing the prosperity of our coastal communities in Nova Scotia," said Minister MacKay. "The investment announced today shows our Government's commitment to providing safe and prosperous harbours. It will support local economies, create jobs and benefit fishers, their families and communities for years to come."

Major projects being funded under the program include:

Maintenance and repair

  • Beginning of a multi-year breakwater wharf construction project at Chéticamp (LaDigue);
  • Construction of a breakwater wharf at Port Morien, to be carried out over two years;
  • Reconstruction of a marginal wharf at Pleasant Bay, to be carried out over two years;
  • Repairs to a wharf at Caribou Ferry, to be carried out over two years; and
  • Reconstructing a portion of a wharf at Upper Whitehead, to be carried out over two years.

Dredging

  • Increasing the depth in the channel and a small section of the basin at Three Fathom Harbour; and
  • Planning for a regional dredge disposal site at Glace Bay.

In addition, a number of minor repair and redredging projects as well as technical studies will be carried out at small craft harbours throughout the province.

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.

This year, Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Small Craft Harbours Program will undertake repair and maintenance work at core fishing harbours across Canada through an investment of approximately $63 million. This investment will fund over 100 major repair, construction, maintenance and dredging projects at small craft harbours across Canada. In addition, this investment will enable a large number of minor repair and redredging projects to be carried out at fishing harbours throughout the country.

For broadcast : The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that the Government of Canada will invest $10.2 million in maintenance, repair, construction and dredging projects at small craft harbours in
Nova Scotia.

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Contact Information

  • Frank Stanek
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-990-7537

    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    613-992-3474