Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

July 16, 2012 12:25 ET

Minister Christian Paradis Announces Investment in Harbours for the Fishing Industry in Quebec

THETFORD MINES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 16, 2012) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, Minister of State (Agriculture) and Regional Minister for Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada will invest $6.6 million in repair, maintenance and construction projects at small craft harbours in Quebec.

"Fishermen in Quebec rely on small craft harbours for their livelihoods," said Minister Paradis. "Our government wants to make sure that they can continue to contribute to our local economy, feed their families and maintain this important way of life for our region."

"Our Government is committed to making sure that fishermen have safe and well-kept harbours across the country. Never before has such high priority been placed on Small Craft Harbours nor have infrastructure investments been so extensive," said Minister Ashfield. "Fishermen and women contribute to a healthy economy and we are pleased to provide them with the harbour infrastructure they need to earn a living and support their families."

This year's investment of $51.7 million will fund major repair, maintenance and construction projects, as well as dredging, at approximately 95 fishing harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia. In addition to these major projects, minor repairs and maintenance projects will proceed throughout the year as needed.

In recent years, the Government of Canada has made significant investments in small craft harbours. In 2007, permanent annual funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program was increased by $20 million. Canada's Economic Action Plan, announced in Budget 2009, provided $200 million over two years to accelerate maintenance and repairs and carry out necessary dredging at small craft harbours across the country. In March 2011, an investment of $71.6 million was announced to clean-up and repair storm-damaged small craft harbours 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 $6.6 million in 14 harbours in Quebec. This is part of a $51.7 million investment in fishing harbours for Canada's fishing industry this year. Major repair, maintenance and construction projects will be undertaken at approximately 95 small craft harbours across the country.

BACKGROUNDER

INVESTMENT IN SMALL CRAFT HARBOURS IN QUEBEC

As part of a $51.7 million investment in small craft harbours across the country in 2012-2013, the Government of Canada will provide $6.6 million to repair and maintain fishing harbours in Quebec.

Major projects being funded under the program include:

  • wharf reconstruction at Pointe-aux-Loups, with initial work beginning this year;
  • wharf construction will be carried out over two years at Mingan, where the use of temporary floating docks will be continued until the new wharf is completed;
  • completion of wharf repairs at Gascons (Ruisseau-Chapados);
  • slipway repairs at Harrington Harbour;
  • construction of floating wharves at Mal-Bay (St-Georges); and
  • dredging at Grosse-Ile (Cap du Dauphin), Île d'Entrée, Pointe-aux-Loups, L'Anse-à-Beaufils, L'Anse-à-Brillant, Millerand, Pointe-Basse, Port-Daniel-Est (à Bona), St-Godefroi and Ste-Thérèse-de-Gaspé (Petite Rivière Est).

Minor repair and maintenance projects, as well as a number of technical studies, will also be carried out at fishing harbours throughout the province.

Additionally, work will continue at harbours that were damaged by storms in 2010. Major projects to repair storm damage will be carried out this year at Mont-Louis Ouest, Rivière-au-Renard and Tourelles.

In 2011, the Federal Government invested $71.6 million over three years towards the repair of harbours affected by Hurricane Igor in Newfoundland, the Manitoba "Weather Bomb," and the 2010 December storms in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.

Contact Information

  • Michel Plamondon
    Communications
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    418-648-5419

    Barbara Mottram
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    613-992-3474

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