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Fisheries and Oceans Canada

September 03, 2013 10:23 ET

Harper Government Invests in Small Craft Harbours in Ontario

RONDEAU HARBOUR, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 3, 2013) - Dave Van Kesteren, Member of Parliament for Chatham- Kent- Essex, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that as part of the Government of Canada investment of $1.6 million for small craft harbours in Ontario, work will be undertaken at Rondeau Harbour and Wheatley Harbour.

"Investing in improvements at small craft harbours in Ontario will support the fishing industry, stimulate local economies and help promote tourism," said MP Van Kesteren. "The investment announced today demonstrates this Government's commitment to providing safe and functional harbours. It will support local economies, create jobs and benefit commercial fishers and their communities for years to come."

In Ontario, the wharf at Rondeau Harbour (Erieau) will be repaired and maintenance dredging will be carried out at Wheatley Harbour. The funding will also enable a number of minor repair and redredging projects as well as planning and environmental work to be performed at 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 : Dave Van Kesteren, Member of Parliament for Chatham-Kent-Essex, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, today announced that the Government of Canada will invest to repair the wharf at Rondeau Harbour (Erieau) and undertake maintenance dredging at Wheatley Harbour.

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  • Frank Stanek
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
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    Director of Communications
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