Canada's Economic Action Plan



    
    Creating Jobs and Benefitting Science - Government of Canada invests in
    upgrading federal salmon hatcheries in British Columbia
    

    NORTH VANCOUVER, May 22 /CNW/ - The Honourable Randy Kamp, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced $8 million
in funding, over the next two years, to modernize 33 facilities and hatcheries
in the Salmonid Enhancement Program in British Columbia.
    The funding is part of a $250 million commitment in Canada's Economic
Action Plan designed to accelerate investment, over the next two years, to
modernize federal facilities across the country. The funding, announced in
Budget 2009, is one of the many job-creating investments in the Economic
Action Plan.
    "This funding will enhance the efficient operations of these facilities,"
said Mr. Kamp. "Important improvements to salmon hatcheries and spawning
channels will be addressed throughout BC and the program will provide much
needed economic stimulus as well. Our Government recognizes the importance of
this program to the economy of this region and we are proud to support it."
    The $8 million for the Salmonid Enhancement Program includes $5.4 million
for 19 salmon hatcheries and spawning channels to refurbish their water supply
and delivery systems, a critical component for hatchery operations. Twenty-six
SEP facilities will receive a total of $2.6 million to repair and upgrade
buildings.
    The Salmonid Enhancement Program, part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada,
operates 23 salmon hatcheries and spawning channels, 21 community hatcheries
through contracts with First Nations and community groups and involves more
than 10,000 volunteers in community and education programs.
    To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit
www.actionplan.gc.ca.

    Backgrounder:

    Salmonid Enhancement Program Facilities - Water Supply Refurbishments
    (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/back-fiche/2009/pac001-eng.htm)

    Salmonid Enhancement Program Facilities - Base Building Repairs &
    Upgrades (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/back-fiche/2009/pac002-eng.htm)

    
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                        CANADA'S ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN

    Creating jobs and benefiting science - Government of Canada invests in
             modernizing federal laboratories in British Columbia
    

    Project

    Salmonid Enhancement Program (SEP) Facilities - Base Building Repairs &
Upgrades
    http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sep-pmvs/index-eng.htm

    Department

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada

    Location

    26 SEP facilities along the Fraser River and other rivers, British
Columbia

    Name and function of Laboratory/ Facility

    The Salmonid Enhancement Program (SEP) supports the Fisheries Renewal and
International Governance priorities of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. It
contributes 10-20% of the total First Nations, recreational and commercial
harvest of salmon in the Pacific Region. As well, SEP applies annual
coded-wire tags in Pacific region which, in addition to stock assessment,
provide information on Canadian salmon production for Canada-U.S. Pacific
Salmon Treaty negotiations. In addition, SEP facilities are used to assist in
strategic enhancement of wild stocks that are at critically low levels of
abundance, thereby contributing to conservation.

    Funding amount

    $1,492,400 in 2009-2010 and $1,107,200 in 2010-2011

    Project description

    This project consists of repairs, upgrades or other maintenance work of
base building components to help ensure the continued operation of these
facilities. It will address operational requirements such as exterior building
envelope repairs, replacement of roofs, replacement of back-up power systems,
incubation and laboratory refurbishments, upgrade of electrical systems,
installation of guard rails, replacement of heating systems, replacement of
the emergency communication system, and repairs of fish raceways and gates.

    
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                        CANADA'S ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN

    Creating jobs and benefiting science - Government of Canada invests in
             modernizing federal laboratories in British Columbia
    

    Project

    Salmonid Enhancement Program (SEP) Facilities - Water Supply
Refurbishments
    http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sep-pmvs/index-eng.htm

    Department

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada

    Location

    19 facilities throughout the Pacific Region, including the Fraser River

    Name and function of Laboratory/ Facility

    Salmonid Enhancement Program facilities include Kitimat, Rosewall,
Pinkut/Fulton, Tenderfoot, Chilliwack, Spius, Robertson Creek, Conuma,
Nitinat, Big and Little Qualicum, Chehalis, Hartley Bay, Weaver Creek, Pitt
Sockeye, Puntledge, Snootli/Atnarko, Capilano, Cowichan and Nanaimo.
    The Salmonid Enhancement Program (SEP) supports the Fisheries Renewal and
International Governance priorities of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. It
contributes 10-20% of the total First Nations, recreational and commercial
harvest of salmon in the Pacific Region. As well, SEP applies annual
coded-wire tags in Pacific region which, in addition to stock assessment,
provide information on Canadian salmon production for Canada-U.S. Pacific
Salmon Treaty negotiations. In addition, SEP facilities are used to assist in
strategic enhancement of wild stocks that are at critically low levels of
abundance, thereby contributing to conservation.

    Funding amount

    $2,500,000 in 2009-2010 and $2,970,000 in 2010-2011

    Project description

    This project is to refurbish the water supply and delivery systems in use
at 19 Salmonid Enhancement Program facilities. The project objectives are to
ensure the water supplies and delivery systems continue to be reliable, to
maximize the operating efficiency of the systems, and to extend the
operational life expectancies of the water supply infrastructure to ensure
they continue to meet current and future program requirements.





For further information:

For further information: Nancy Bishay, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, (613) 992-3474; Carrie Mishima,
Communications Officer, Pacific Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, (604)
666-0392; Internet: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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