ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND∩╗┐ LABRADOR--(Marketwire - July 16, 2012) - The Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada will invest $12.3 million in repair, maintenance and construction projects at small craft harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador.
"Our Government is working to prepare Canada's fishing industry for the future," said Minister Penashue. "We are pleased to invest in these harbours for hardworking fishermen and women in Newfoundland and Labrador."
"Our Government is committed to making sure that fishermen have safe and well-kept harbours across the country. Never before has such high priority been placed on Small Craft Harbours nor have infrastructure investments been so extensive," said Minister Ashfield. "Fishermen and women contribute to a healthy economy and we are pleased to provide them with the harbour infrastructure they need to earn a living and support their families."
This year's investment of $51.7 million will fund major repair, maintenance and construction projects, as well as dredging, at approximately 95 fishing harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia. In addition to these major projects, minor repairs and maintenance projects will proceed throughout the year as needed.
In recent years, the Government of Canada has made significant investments in small craft harbours. In 2007, permanent annual funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program was increased by $20 million. Canada's Economic Action Plan, announced in Budget 2009, provided $200 million over two years to accelerate maintenance and repairs and carry out necessary dredging at small craft harbours across the country. In March 2011, an investment of $71.6 million was announced to clean-up and repair storm-damaged small craft harbours in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Manitoba.
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 will invest $12.3 million in 17 harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador. This is part of a $51.7 million investment in fishing harbours for Canada's fishing industry this year. Major repair, maintenance and construction projects will be undertaken at approximately 95 small craft harbours across the country.
INVESTMENT IN SMALL CRAFT HARBOURS IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
As part of a $51.7 million investment in small craft harbours across the country in 2012-2013, the Government of Canada will provide $12.3 million to repair and maintain fishing harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Major projects being funded under the program include:
- wharf construction at Rencontre East;
- wharf reconstruction at Blue Cove and Pinsent's Arm,
- completion of a wharf reconstruction project at Little Port;
- wharf reconstruction at Long Cove, to be carried out over three years;
- breakwater extension at Musgrave Harbour;
- wharf repairs at Old Perlican and Sunnyside;
- shore protection and reconstruction work at St. David's (Crabbe's River);
- construction of a slipway at South East Bight and reconstruction of a slipway at Belleoram, as well as repairs to the slipway at Black Duck Brook;
- wharf deck repairs at Fleur de Lys, where the electrical system will also be upgraded;
- completion of a wharf construction project at Bonavista, and completion of wharf extension and harbour protection at Eddies Cove East;
- plans and specifications for future harbour development at Fermeuse; and
- dredging at Dildo.
Minor repair and maintenance projects, technical studies and planning projects will also be carried out at fishing harbours throughout the province.
Additionally, work will continue at harbours that were damaged by Hurricane Igor and storms in 2010. In 2011, the Federal Government invested $71.6 million over three years towards the repair of harbours affected by Hurricane Igor in Newfoundland, the Manitoba "Weather Bomb," and the 2010 December storms in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.