Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

May 02, 2009 12:08 ET

New Small Craft Harbour Projects in Prince Edward Island Will Strengthen the Local Economy and Create Jobs

Canada's Economic Action Plan at Work in PEI

ALBERTON, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - May 2, 2009) - Local workers and businesses will benefit from a major new investment in small craft harbours throughout Prince Edward Island, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans said today.

"The commercial fishery is vital to families and businesses throughout Prince Edward Island," said Shea. "By investing in small craft harbours our government is creating local jobs right away, and ensuring that those who rely on the fishery can rely on improved harbours for years to come."

The Small Craft Harbours program is one of many job-creating investments contained in Canada's Economic Action Plan. Through this plan, communities throughout Canada will receive $200 million over two years to accelerate harbour repair and maintenance, as well as undertake dredging projects. This new investment is in addition to already budgeted funding of approximately $80 million for the Small Craft Harbours Program this year.

Of these amounts, $13.9 million is being provided under Canada's Economic Action Plan for projects at core Prince Edward Island commercial fishing harbours over the next two years. This is additional to the $2.7 million in regular program funding this year in Prince Edward Island.

These projects are being undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Small Craft Harbours Program, in close collaboration with the harbour authorities that manage and operate the facilities. This close co-operation allows the federal government to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada, in support of commercial fish harvesters.

For more information on the Small Craft Harbours Program, visit http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sch-ppb/home-accueil-eng.htm. For further information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

BACKGROUNDER

Federal Funding for Small Craft Harbours in Prince Edward Island
Canada's Economic Action Plan at Work

The funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program announced in Canada's Economic Action Plan includes $13.9 million for projects at small craft harbours in Prince Edward Island. This new investment is in addition to regular program funding for the Small Craft Harbour Program of approximately $2.7 million for the province of Prince Edward Island.

The following projects will be carried out under the program:

Major harbour development work is well underway at Alberton while new major harbour projects will be starting at Tignish and West Point. Planning work for future large, harbour development projects will be starting at Machons Point and Nine Mile Creek.

Wharf repair and reconstruction projects are slated for Bay Fortune, Beach Point, Covehead, Georgetown, Graham Pond, Howards Cove, Launching Pond, McAuleys Shore, Montague, Murray River, Naufrage, New London, Miminegash, North Rustico, Red Head, Seacow Pond, Skinners Pond, Tracadie and Wood Islands.

Dredging is scheduled for Covehead, Malpeque, Miminegash, Naufrage, North Lake, Skinners Pond, Tracadie and Victoria.

Breakwater reconstruction at Seacow Pond will protect harbour facilities while armourstone will be installed on the west entrance breakwater at Naufrage. Shore protection is planned for Miminegash while the slipway at Graham Pond will be reconstructed.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Charlottetown, PEI
    Malcom E. (Mack) Campbell
    Communications
    902-368-0716
    or
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    John W. Morris
    613-992-3474
    www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca