BATCHAWANA BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 12, 2014) - Mr. Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing in a harbour improvement project at Mamainse Harbour.
The project consists of the refurbishment of the north breakwater. This work is planned to start in the late fall.
Funding for this project is part of the Government of Canada's investment of approximately $106 million in repair, construction, maintenance and dredging projects at small craft harbours across Canada. This includes $66 million in regular program funding and an additional $40 million over two years, as announced in Economic Action Plan 2014.
Other Ontario Small Craft Harbours projects will be announced at a later date.
- The Small Craft Harbours Program is responsible for over 1000 small craft harbours across Canada.
- Small craft harbours support nearly 90% of all commercial fish landings in Canada.
- The Mamainse Harbour is homeport to seven commercial fishing vessels, and is the only harbour of refuge between Sault Ste. Marie and Michipicoten.
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada undertakes harbour improvement projects in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users.
- Under Economic Action Plan 2014, $40 million in additional funding is being provided over two years for repair, construction and maintenance projects at Canada's small craft harbours.
"Our Government is pleased to invest in Ontario harbours to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of the commercial fishing industry and support local economies where harbours are located."
Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie
Small Craft Harbours : http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sch-ppb/aboutsch-aproposppb-eng.asp
Small Craft Harbours 2014-2015 : http://dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/infocus-alaune/2014/SCH-PPB/index-eng.htm
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This news release is available online at: www.actionplan.gc.ca.
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