Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

May 04, 2009 12:00 ET

New Small Craft Harbour Projects in Quebec Will Strengthen the Local Economy and Create Jobs

Canada's Economic Action at work in Quebec

CARLETON-SUR-MER, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 4, 2009) - Local workers and businesses will benefit from a major new investment in small craft harbours throughout Quebec, Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Levis-Bellechasse, said today.

"Our government recognizes that safe and efficient harbours are vital to the economic well-being of many fishing communities in Quebec," said Mr. Blaney. "By investing in small craft harbours, our government is creating local jobs right way and ensuring Quebec fish harvesters can rely on improved harbours for the 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 regular program funding of approximately $80 million for the Small Craft Harbours Program this year.

In Quebec, $22.5 million in funding from Canada's Economic Action Plan will be invested in the next two years for work at a number of fishing harbours as well as $6.5 million in regular program funding this year.

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.

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Federal Funding for Small Craft Harbours in Quebec

Canada's Economic Action at Work

The funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program announced in Canada's Economic Action Plan includes $22.5 million for projects at small craft harbours in Quebec. This new investment is in addition to regular program funding for the Small Craft Harbour Program of approximately $6.5 million for the province of Quebec.

The following projects will be carried out under the program:

In the Magdalen Islands, major repair and construction work will be carried out over the next two years at Grosse-Ile and Etang-du-Nord. Construction of a protection wall on the Pointe-Basse wharf will be followed in 2010 by a project to dredge the interior basin and thereby create increased space for safer navigation. At Cap-aux-Meules, once the studies and engineering work have been completed, a new wharf will be built to open up more moorage for fishing vessels.

In Gaspe, reconstruction of the Port-Daniel-Est wharf is to begin this year, as mentioned in Budget 2009. Other repair work will be done at the Amours wharf at Riviere-au-Renard and on the boat launch at the Gascons fishing harbour in Chapados Creek. Several other major investment projects are scheduled for next year in Carleton, Cloridorme, Tourelle and Paspebiac following completion of the planning and engineering work. In Carleton, a new wharf will be built; in Cloridorme, the wharf will undergo repairs; in Tourelle, the breakwater will be repaired and extended; and in Paspebiac, a new section will be added to the wharf.

On the North Shore of the St. Lawrence, major work is planned in Riviere-au-Tonnerre, including rebuilding the inner wharf and repairing the pilings of the outer wharf. Floating docks will be installed at Kegaska and boat launches built in Riviere-Saint-Paul and Les Escoumins.

Regular Program Projects

The $6.5 million from the regular program includes over $2 million for routine maintenance dredging. Accordingly, in the Magdalen Islands, work is planned at the harbours in Grande-Entree, Grosse-Ile, Havre-Aubert, Ile d'Entree, Millerand, Pointe-aux-Loups and Pointe-Basse; in Gaspe, at the harbours in Les Mechins, L'Anse-a-Beaufils, L'Anse-a-Brillant, L'Anse-a-Valleau, Port-Daniel-Est, Saint-Godefroi and Tourelle; and on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence, maintenance dredging will be carried out at Baie-Trinite, and a bathymetric survey will be undertaken at Riviere-au-Tonnerre. The dredging operations will be performed in accordance with environmental legislation and the specifications set out in the environmental studies that will be carried out for each project.

In Gaspe, the first phase for reconstruction of the Saint-Georges-de-Malbaie wharf will begin this year; repair work at the wharves of Riviere-au-Renard (principal wharf), Perce and L'Anse-a-Beaufils will be carried out. On the North Shore of the St. Lawrence, various repair projects will carried out at Riviere-au-Tonnerre; the anchor block required for the installation of the floating docks in Kegaska will be built; and floating docks will be installed in Les Escoumins.

Planning projects, including studies, security inspections and site surveys will also be initiated with a view to future work. Specifically, there will be planning activities in relation to Ste-Therese-de-Gaspe, Gascons (Chapados) and Mont-Louis-Ouest in Gaspe; Pointe-aux-Loups in the Magdalen Islands; and Blanc-Sablon and Harrington Harbour on the North Shore.

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