About Harbour Authorities

For the most part, Harbour Authorities are incorporated, not-for-profit organizations. They have a board of directors and members, who are representative of local interest groups and harbour users. Each Harbour Authority is a unique and independent business responsible for managing, operating and maintaining one or more public fishing harbours, through a lease agreement with Small Craft Harbours.

Harbour Authorities are essential to the social and economic life of many communities in Canada that depend on local harbours. Harbour Authorities link people to nearby waters by keeping vital harbour facilities in good repair. Harbour Authorities are also key in representing the needs of its users at the community level and to various interested parties.

A Program 20 Years in the Making

The year 2008 marked the 20th Anniversary of the Harbour Authority Program. Its continued success is largely the result of volunteer participation, primarily at the board of directors' level. There are an estimated 5,000 people who generously give their time through more than 550 Harbour Authorities across Canada. The volunteer effort approximates 135,000 hours per year, which equate to nearly 70 full time people. The Harbour Authority Program could not have achieved what it has without the dedication of its volunteers.

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