Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

August 05, 2011 17:01 ET

Minister Ashfield Announces Funding for Fishing Harbours Across Canada

CORMIERVILLE, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Aug. 5, 2011) -

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The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Regional Minister for New Brunswick, announced today that the Government of Canada will invest in the repair and maintenance of small craft harbours across Canada.

"Our Government is committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability and prosperity of the fishing industry across Canada," said Minister Ashfield. "We know that this industry is a major economic driver for many communities in this country and they depend on having infrastructure in place to support our fishermen and women."

This year, Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Small Craft Harbours Program will undertake necessary dredging, repair and maintenance projects at over 135 fishing harbours across Canada through an investment of approximately $57 million.

This investment is in addition to funding announced in March 2011 in the amount of $71.6 million to support fish harvesters in storm-damaged areas 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.

FOR BROADCAST:

The Government of Canada will invest $57 million to repair and maintain small craft harbours across Canada. The funding announced today is in addition to the $71.6 million committed by the federal government last March, to clean up storm-damaged fishing harbours in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Manitoba.

Internet: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Backgrounder:

FUNDING FOR FISHING HARBOURS ACROSS CANADA

In recent years, the Government has made significant investments in Canada's fishing harbours. Permanent annual funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program has been 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 in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.

Additionally, last year, the Federal Government invested $71.6 million over three years towards the repair of harbours affected by storms in the fall and winter of 2010. Hurricane Igor in Newfoundland, the Manitoba "Weather Bomb," and the December storms in Atlantic Canada and Quebec, caused damage to fishing harbours in more than 250 communities. Federal government assistance has allowed repairs to be already underway at many harbours.

As part of the 2011-12 Small Craft Harbour regular program, the Government of Canada is investing $57 million in small craft harbours across the country.

In New Brunswick, the Honourable Keith Ashfield announced major projects such as:

  • continuation of major harbour improvements at Beaver Harbour and Ingalls Head;
  • completion of a major improvement project at Blacks Harbour;
  • continuation of a harbour improvement project at the Fishermen's Wharves at Seal Cove;
  • completion of a harbour improvement project at Shippagan;
  • completion of wharf reconstruction at Cape Tormentine;
  • completion of wharf repairs at Le Goulet; and
  • dredging, which has already been carried out at Cap-Lumière (Richibucto Cape), Chockpish (Côte-Sainte-Anne), Les Aboiteaux (Dupuis Corner), McEacherns Point (Wishart Point), Pigeon Hill, Pointe-Sapin, and Sainte-Marie-sur-Mer.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador announced projects such as:

  • completion of wharf reconstruction projects at Arnold's Cove, Fischells, Sibleys Cove, Straitsview (Spillars Cove), Frenchman's Cove (Bay of Islands) and Holyrood;
  • completion of harbour improvement projects at:
    • Charlottetown (Labrador), with the reconstruction of a finger pier and basin dredging;
    • François, with the reconstruction of a community stage and construction of an extension to a marginal wharf;
    • Harbour Breton, with the reconstruction of a marginal wharf and upland improvements;
    • Jerseyside, with the reconstruction of a marginal wharf and community stage;
    • Port Harmon, with the reconstruction of a boat launchway; and
    • Port Saunders, with the reconstruction of a marginal wharf, upland improvements and basin dredging; and
    • Long Cove, with the reconstruction of a finger pier and basin dredging.
  • completion of breakwater wharf construction at Bauline;
  • a harbour improvement project at Eddies Cove East, involving the extension of an existing finger pier and the construction of a breakwater;
  • a partial wharf reconstruction project at Little Port;
  • wharf repairs at Lark Harbour ;
  • electrical system repairs at Gooseberry Cove and Southport;
  • work related to disposal of the wharf at Forest Field, which is being divested; and
  • advance planning for future projects at Fox Island River and Mary's Harbour.

In Nova Scotia, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia announced major projects being funded under the program such as:

  • completion of major reconstruction projects at Battery Point (Victoria Beach), Caribou Ferry (Fishermen's Facilities) and Sonora;
  • completion of wharf reconstruction at Lower Prospect and Mabou Harbour;
  • completion of wharf repairs at Hampton and Westport (Irishtown);
  • completion of harbour improvement projects at Arisaig, Canso, Centreville (Trout Cove), Neils Harbour, as well as Lower East Pubnico where the electrical system will also be upgraded;
  • completion of breakwater reconstruction at Pleasant Bay;
  • completion of launching ramp construction at Owls Head, and preparatory work for launching ramp reconstruction at Three Fathom Harbour;
  • completion of wharf repairs at Marie Joseph;
  • completion of reconstruction of the wharf deck at Bush Island;
  • breakwater extension at Port La Tour, where floating wharves are also being installed;
  • engineering studies at Upper Whitehead and Glace Bay;
  • completion of breakwater repairs at Ballantynes Cove (McNairs Cove); and
  • dredging, which has been carried out at Port Morien and Shag Harbour, and which is to be undertaken at Barrios Beach (Tracadie) and Toney River.

In Prince Edward Island, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Regional Minister for Prince Edward Island, announced major projects that will be funded under the program such as:

  • completion of harbour improvement projects at Wood Islands and West Point;
  • completion of wharf reconstruction at Seacow Pond;
  • completion of breakwater reconstruction at Skinners Pond;
  • completion of reconstruction of the skidway/slipway at North Rustico;
  • completion of construction of a service area at Tracadie; and
  • dredging, which has already been carried out at Covehead, Malpeque Cove (Malpeque), Naufrage, North Lake, Skinners Pond and Tracadie.

In Ontario, Member of Parliament for Chatham-Kent-Essex, Dave Van Kesteren announced major projects such as:

  • dredging, to be carried out at Wheatley harbour; and
  • wharf repairs at Howdenvale harbour.

In Manitoba, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake James Bezan announced major projects such as:

  • wharf reconstruction work at McBeth Point; and
  • wharf construction at Poplar River .

In British Columbia, Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Oceans Randy Kamp, announced major projects such as:

  • 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.

In addition, minor repair and maintenance projects will also be carried out at several fishing harbours throughout the country.

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Contact Information

  • Frank Stanek
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-990-7537
    http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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