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City of Pickering

City of Pickering
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

June 27, 2015 14:30 ET

Improved Frenchman's Bay Harbour Welcomes 2015 Boating Season

PICKERING, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 27, 2015) -

Patrons of the Frenchman's Bay boating clubs and marina enjoy safer, improved access to the Frenchman's Bay Harbour thanks to the completion of the reconstruction of its entrance, made possible by federal, provincial and municipal investments. The project focused on improving the Harbour's entrance by widening its access and replacing two breakwaters.

Frenchman's Bay has provided a natural calm water harbour for over a century, but the deteriorating conditions of the harbour entrance were presenting growing safety concerns. The redevelopment not only increases user safety and accessibility on the water, it also enhances the health and ecological conditions of the bay. The newly revitalized waterfront and additional trails will encourage greater recreational use.

Quick Facts

  • The governments of Canada and Ontario jointly committed $6 million towards total eligible costs for this initiative, under the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund.
  • The City of Pickering is contributing the remaining costs of the project.
  • The total estimated cost of the Frenchman's Bay Harbour Entrance project is $9 million.


"Our Government is proud to invest in important infrastructure projects like the reconstruction of the Frenchman's Bay Harbour entrance. Improvements to the harbour entrance will help increase boater safety, promote tourismand enhance economic prosperity in the region of Durham. Federal investments like this one demonstrate our Government's continued support to improve infrastructure and create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity across the Province of Ontario."

Corneliu Chisu - Member of Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East

"The rehabilitation of Frenchman's Bay Harbour will provide new opportunities for residents of Pickering-Scarborough East and visitors to explore and enjoy the harbour and waterfront while contributing positively to tourism and the local economy. Our government is committed to infrastructure investments like these which help to strengthen communities and create jobs across Ontario."

Tracy MacCharles, Member of Provincial Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East

"I thank the Governments of Canada and Ontario, along with the TRCA for partnering with the City of Pickering on this significant infrastructure project. This meaningful investment in Pickering will help protect the integrity of Frenchman's Bay while also boosting our local economy."

Dave Ryan, Mayor of Pickering

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