Fisheries and Oceans Canada announces the transfer of its harbour infrastructures to the City of Rimouski

News release

August 8, 2018

Rimouski, Quebec

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced today, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the transfer to the City of Rimouski of harbour infrastructures owned by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Rimouski.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada's harbour facilities adjacent to the Transport Canada wharf in Rimouski are mainly used for tourism and recreational boating. As part of this transfer, Fisheries and Oceans Canada will build a spur breakwater, replace the main floating wharves and dredge part of the marina before the City of Rimouski officially becomes the owner.

These harbour infrastructure improvements will help tourism development, among other things, which will benefit local businesses and the entire region.

This transfer is made possible through the $250 million granted to the Small Craft Harbours program in the 2018 federal budget. The City of Rimouski, as the new owner, will continue to operate the harbour as a public facility.

Plans and specifications are being prepared, and the work is expected to begin this fall and be completed around late summer 2019. Transfer of the port facilities to the City of Rimouski should be completed by March 31, 2020.


"The City of Rimouski has shown great interest in managing and developing port facilities for the benefit of the local community. We are proud of this investment. I would like to acknowledge the collaboration between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the City of Rimouski, which have made this transfer possible. As a result, residents and visitors to the region will benefit from safe harbour facilities for years to come."

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“The transfer of this Fisheries and Oceans Canada facility to the city of Rimouski under the Small Craft Harbours Program is an excellent opportunity for the community. This transfer is an investment in the community and opens the door to tourism development, which will greatly contribute to the economic development of the entire region and generate a positive impact for the Lower St. Lawrence.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

"It is with great satisfaction that I welcome today's announcement. The work was long-awaited and had become necessary for the sustainability of the facilities. All users will benefit from the extension of the pier and the improvements to the Marina. The work will ensure the safety of people and vessels, including those of commercial fishers. In addition to economic benefits of over $30 million to the eastern basin, we must also think of the significant impacts on tourism and scientific research.”

Marc Parent, Mayor of the City of Rimouski

Quick facts

  • The Small Craft  Harbours program seeks to transfer ownership and operation of recreational  harbours to interested third parties, including municipalities, which are in  the best position to operate them effectively and respond to the needs of the  local economy.

  • Since 1995,  Fisheries and Oceans Canada has successfully divested over 1,100 harbours  across the country.

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Laura Gareau
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Communications Branch
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec Region

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