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February 27, 2015 18:43 ET

Minister Gail Shea Makes Significant Funding Announcement for Prince Edward Island Small Craft Harbours

Approximately $16.3 million will be invested for PEI fishing harbours

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARDS ISLAND--(Marketwired - Feb. 27, 2015) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Regional Minister for PEI and Member of Parliament for Egmont, today announced that an investment of approximately $16.3 million is being made at PEI commercial fishing harbours. Individual projects will be announced over the coming weeks.

Recent major projects funded in the province include:

  • Wharf reconstruction, and construction of a wharf extension and shore protection at Tignish Harbour;
  • Reconstruction of a marginal wharf at North Lake Harbour; and
  • Reconstruction of the east breakwater and construction of a service area at West Point Harbour.

Prime Minister Harper announced last fall an additional $5.8 billion will be invested to build and renew Canada's infrastructure under the Economic Action Plan over the next two years. Fisheries and Oceans Canada will oversee a total of approximately $551 million in investments across the country, particularly in rural and coastal communities. Today's funding announcement includes this funding.

Quick Facts

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Small Craft Harbours Program is responsible for more than 1000 harbours across Canada and is mandated to keep harbours that are critical to the fishing industry open and in good repair.
  • This $16.3 million funding for PEI small craft harbours is the highest amount ever announced.
  • In 2013, PEI was Canada's sixth largest exporter of fish and seafood, with exports valued at $205.2 million. Top three exports by value were lobster (7,327 t valued at $144.2 million), farmed mussel (13,030 t valued at $38.4 million) and oyster (961 t valued at $5.9 million).
  • As part of the Prime Minister announcement for infrastructure, the Small Craft Harbours Program is receiving $288.1 million for the repair and maintenance of fishing harbours.

Quotes

"Since 2006, our Government has invested approximately $60.4 million in PEI's small craft harbours. This is an accomplishment I am really proud of. I want the harbours our fishermen work out of to be up to date and safe, whether they fish out of Tignish, North Lake, Seacow Pond, Wood Islands, Skinners Pond or North Rustico. I will continue to ensure our Government makes these important investments."

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Regional Minister for Prince Edward Island and Member of Parliament for Egmont.

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Contact Information

  • Michele Boriel
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans
    Canada
    Ottawa
    613-990-7537

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