This manual was produced by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to assist in the implementation of Harbour Authority Corporations (Harbour Authorities). The Manual will aid Harbour Authorities in offering safe, reliable, and quality services to commercial fishers. It does not attempt to be a formal policy manual; rather, it is aimed at providing practical procedures and guidelines for a variety of issues pertinent to the administration, finance, operation, and environmental management of a harbour.
The Manual is primarily oriented toward harbour staff responsible for fulfilling the responsibilities and duties inherent in their positions. For new staff, the Manual will serve as a helpful orientation to the tasks they will need to perform. It will also be useful to new Board members who wish to familiarize themselves with all aspects of the operation of a harbour.
Harbour Authorities must comply with various federal, provincial, and municipal laws and regulations. These laws and regulations will vary according to province and municipality and with the types of activities the Harbour Authority is involved in.
Your regional Small Craft Harbours (SCH) representative can provide information which will assist you in becoming familiar with your responsibilities in this regard. Documentation and assistance are also available from provincial ministries or departments dealing with small business, the environment, health, and finance. Banks, other financial institutions, and economic development agencies also provide resource material.