The Government of Canada Invests in South-East New Brunswick Fishing Harbours

News Release

August 1, 2017

Grande-Digue, New Brunswick – Small craft harbours play an important role in providing coastal communities and the commercial fishing industry with safe and accessible facilities. With approximately 42,500 Canadians employed in this sector, the Government of Canada is making investments that will continue to support the growth of this industry and provide economic opportunities for middle-class Canadians.

The Government of Canada is investing $6.9 million this year to carry out projects at several small craft harbours in south-east New Brunswick, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Member of Parliament, Beauséjour, announced today.

This includes an investment at Cap-des-Caissie as part of a two-year project for the construction of a marginal wharf, launching ramp and installation of electrical services.

Other projects being carried out at small craft harbours in south-east New Brunswick include:

•    Barre-de-Cocagne (Cormierville) - Removal of a deteriorated wharf and construction of a new marginal wharf and construction of a cement deck on a wharf
•    Cap-de-Saint-Louis - Annual channel maintenance dredging
•    Cap-Lumière (Richibucto Cape) - Construction of a new wharf and annual channel maintenance dredging
•    Cap-Pelé - Installation of rock protection around the wharf
•    Chockpish (Côte-Sainte-Anne) - Annual channel maintenance dredging
•    Les Aboiteaux (Cap-Pelé) - Completion of a two-year project to dredge the basin and annual channel maintenance dredging
•    Petit-Cap - Construction of a new marginal wharf and ramp
•    Richibucto - Safety repairs to a section of the wharf
•    Saint-Édouard-de Kent - Annual channel maintenance dredging

These projects are in addition to wharf reconstruction projects that were recently completed at Botsford, Richibucto and Petit-Cap (Phase 1) for a total of $5.7 million.

Minister LeBlanc during the announcement for south-east NB fishing harbours in Grande-Digue.

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“I’m very proud to announce these important infrastructure investments at commercial fishing harbors, which demonstrate our government’s commitment to support the fishing industry—a key economic sector in New Brunswick. This investment will foster employment opportunities that benefit local workers and support coastal communities for years to come.”

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“The addition to the harbour will give the Harbour Authority a new loading zone for seafood which will be used by fish harvesters and fish buyers. The older structures have become dangerous for trucks and heavy equipment to transport seafood from the fish harvesters to the fish processing plants. This project will create a more secure work environment as well as conserving the older existing structures. It will continue to accommodate and give access to commercial fisheries to fish harvesters, fish buyers and to future generations.”

Marc Gallant, President of the Autorité portuaire de Cap-des-Caissie

"Investing in infrastructure helps grow the economy and creates jobs. The investments will help New Brunswick's fish and seafood industry."

Brian Gallant, Premier of New Brunswick, MLA for Shediac Bay—Dieppe

Quick Facts

  • The mandate of the Small Craft Harbours Program is to keep harbours critical to the commercial fishing industry open and in good repair.

  • Small craft harbours provide critical support to the commercial fishing industry, which had landings valued at approximately $3.3 billion in 2015.

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada supports more than 1,000 harbours across Canada with more than 5,000 volunteers from harbour authorities.

  • Harbour restoration projects are undertaken in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users.

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Media Inquiries
Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Gulf Region

Laura Gareau
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
613 992 3474


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