Abandoned and Wrecked Vessels Removal Program: Apply to the program

This program is primarily geared towards funding the removal of vessels from commercial fishing harbours, in-line with Small Craft Harbours' primary mandate of operating and maintaining harbours that are critical to the commercial fishing industry. However, applications for other harbours will be reviewed and considered on a case-by-case basis provided that they meet all of the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility criteria

In order to apply to the program, the following criteria must be met:

  1. an eligible recipient includes:
    1. a province or agency thereof, as defined in s. 2 of the Fishing and Recreational Harbours Act (FRHA);
    2. a non-profit organization;
    3. an Aboriginal group;
    4. any person, as defined in s. 5(3) of the FRHA; and/or
    5. any combination of the above.
  2. The vessel(s) must be located within a small craft harbour that is listed in Schedule I of the Fishing and Recreational Harbours Regulations.

Eligible activities

The SCH Abandoned and Wrecked Vessels Removal Program provides contribution funding for the following types of activities:

  1. Vessel possession and assessment costs/expenses:
    • Recipients who are eligible for funding to conduct this type of activity may be reimbursed for up to 100% of eligible expenditures, up to $5,000 per vessel.
    • Examples of activities: legal fees, assessments of environmental risk, assessment of removal hazards, etc.
  2. Vessel removal and disposal costs/expenses:
    • Recipients who are eligible for funding to conduct this type of activity may be reimbursed for up to 75% of eligible expenditures, up to $50,000 per vessel.
    • Examples of activities: salvage costs (e.g. raising and securing a vessel), transportation costs (getting a vessel to a disposal site), disposal costs (e.g. dumping fees)

Conditions of funding

The SCH Abandoned and Wrecked Vessels Removal Program is a contribution program that provides financial support to eligible applicants on a cost-shared basis.

  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to initiate and carry-out the activities and to assume the costs associated with the removal and disposal of a vessel. Providing all requirements for the program have been met, SCH can provide monetary reimbursements for expenses, as described in the Eligible Activities section.

Before starting your application

Before you begin the process of applying, ensure that:

  1. The vessel is located in a small craft harbour that is listed in Schedule I of the Fishing and Recreational Harbours Regulations.
  2. You have read the Application Guide in full.
  3. You have all the required information to complete the application.

When submitting your application

  1. Ensure that your application is complete, accurate, and comprehensive.
  2. Include all supporting documentation with your application:
    1. proof of legal possession of the vessel, notarized (if applicable)
    2. photos of the vessel
    3. Canadian Coast Guard or Transport Canada Assessments (if applicable)
    4. Vessel Assessment(s) (where applicable)
    5. Project Plan;
    6. Budget Plan; and
    7. Additional Vessel Form (if applicable)

If you have any questions or would like assistance with the application, contact your appropriate regional Fisheries and Oceans Canada office listed below.

Once you have completed all steps, submit the application form to your appropriate regional office:

Pacific Region (British Columbia and Yukon)
Small Craft Harbours
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200-401 Burrard St
Vancouver BC
V6C 3S4

Contact: Cindy.Wong@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Central and Arctic Region (Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut)
Small Craft Harbours
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
501 University Cr
Winnipeg MB
R3T 2N6

Contact: Chantal.Larochelle@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Quebec Region:
Small Craft Harbours
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
104 Dalhousie St
Québec QC
G1K 7Y7

Contact: Brian.ODowd@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Maritimes and Gulf Region (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island)
Small Craft Harbours
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
343 Ave Université Ave
PO Box 5030
Moncton NB
E1C 9B6

Contact: Yves.Melanson@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Newfoundland and Labrador Region:
Small Craft Harbours
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
John Cabot Building
10 Barters Hill
St. John's NL
A1C 5X1

Contact: Joe.McGrath@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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