Funding for an Additional Small Craft Harbour Project to Benefit Fishermen in British Columbia

OTTAWA, Ontario – The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the federal government is investing approximately $2.3 million for additional repair and improvement projects at small craft harbours across Canada.

This work is in addition to major projects and dredging work being carried out at approximately 95 fishing harbours throughout the country, announced in July 2012.

“Safe and efficient fishing harbours are critical to those who make their living from the fishery,” said Minister Ashfield. “The projects we are announcing today will improve the safety and operational efficiency of several harbours across the country. Our Government continues to invest in coastal communities and prepare Canada’s fishing industry for the future.”

The projects involve small craft harbour facilities at the following locations:

  • Jerseyside, Dildo, and Port de Grave, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • New Harbour (Guysborough County), and Jones Harbour, Nova Scotia
  • Seal Cove, New Brunswick
  • Tête-à-la-Baleine, Grosse-Île, and Rivière-au-Renard, Quebec
  • Port Dover, Ontario
  • Port Simpson, British Columbia

Initial dredging operations are being carried out at harbours in the Gaspé Peninsula and the Magdalen Islands.

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.

The Government of Canada remains focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and of course, their personal financial security.

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Additional Projects at Small Craft Harbours across Canada

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Frank Stanek
Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ottawa
613-990-7537

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

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