Pictou (Nova Scotia) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced $3.5 million to support improvement projects at five small craft harbours in Nova Scotia.
This is part of the Government of Canada’s investment of approximately $106 million in repair, construction, maintenance and dredging projects across Canada. This includes $66 million in regular annual funding and an additional $40 million over two years, as announced in Economic Action Plan 2014.
The $3.5 million in funding for this year will support the following projects:
- Completion of wharf repairs and start of a multiyear construction of a breakwater wharf at Caribou Ferry (Fishermen’s Facilities);
- Reconstruction of the east breakwater at Cribbons Point, over two years;
- Completion of wharf repairs and construction of a new service area at Eastern Passage;
- Construction of two service areas and launching ramp, installation of floating wharves and dredging at Port Bickerton East;
- Reconstruction of the west wharf at Sonora, over two years.
Other Nova Scotia Small Craft Harbours projects will be announced at a later date.
The Small Craft Harbours Program is responsible for over 1000 small craft harbours across Canada.
- Small craft harbours support nearly 90% of all commercial fish landings in Canada. In 2012, the landed value of Nova Scotia commercial fisheries was $768 million.
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada undertakes harbour improvement projects in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users.
- Under Economic Action Plan 2014, $40 million in additional funding is being provided over two years for repair, construction and maintenance projects at Canada’s small craft harbours.
“For many communities in Nova Scotia, the fishing industry is not only part of the daily fabric of society, but small craft harbours are very much at the heart of local economies. Our Government is pleased to invest in these Nova Scotia harbours to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of the commercial fishing industry and help strengthen the prosperity of these communities.”
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
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Photo caption: The Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and representatives of small craft harbours and of Northumberland Ferries Ltd., discuss the incredible potential of harbours to bolstering the local economy and pose for a photo following an announcement at Caribou Ferry. In the back, Minister MacKay. Front row, from left to right: Randy Burns and Kevin Pye from Sonora Harbour Authority; Mark Boyd from Cribbons Point Harbour Authority, David MacCarty and John Lakenman from Caribou Ferry Harbour Authority; Karla MacFarlane, MLA for Pictou-West; Mark MacDonald, President and CEO of Northumberland Ferries Ltd.; Bruce Jack, Ted Stevens and Don Dodge from Port Bickerton East Harbour Authority; and Colin LaVie, MLA for Souris, PEI.
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