Canada's Economic Action Plan



    
    New Small Craft Harbours Projects in British Columbia Will Strengthen the
    Local Economy and Create Jobs

    Canada's Economic Action Plan at Work in British Columbia
    

    VANCOUVER, June 5 /CNW/ - Local workers and businesses throughout British
Columbia will benefit from a major new investment in small craft harbours, the
Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages,
announced today, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries
and Oceans.
    "The commercial fishery is very important to the people of British
Columbia and the Government of Canada recognizes the province's need for a
well-functioning network of small craft harbours," said Minister Moore. "Our
government is ensuring that much-needed work is carried out at core fishing
harbours, to provide economic benefits to communities throughout British
Columbia for years to come."
    Funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program is one of many job-creating
investments contained in Canada's Economic Action Plan. Through this plan,
communities throughout Canada will receive $200 million over two years to
accelerate harbour repair and maintenance as well as undertake dredging
projects. This new investment is in addition to already budgeted funding of
approximately $80 million for the Small Craft Harbours Program for this year.
    $22.7 million is being provided under Canada's Economic Action Plan for
projects at core commercial fishing harbours in British Columbia over the next
two years. This is in addition to $6.3 million in regular program funding this
year for the province.
    These projects are being undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada's
Small Craft Harbours Program, in close collaboration with the harbour
authorities that manage and operate the facilities for local users. This close
co-operation with clients allows the federal government to provide an operable
system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada, in support of commercial
fish harvesters, aquaculturists and coastal communities.

    
    Details can be found in the attached backgrounder:
    Federal Funding for Small Craft Harbours in British Columbia: Canada's
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    Economic Action Plan at Work
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    For more information on the Small Craft Harbours Program, visit
http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sch-ppb/home-accueil-eng.htm. To learn more about
Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit http://www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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                                 Backgrounder
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         Federal Funding for Small Craft Harbours in British Columbia

                    Canada's Economic Action Plan at Work
    

    The funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program announced in Canada's
Economic Action Plan includes $22.7 million for projects at small craft
harbours in British Columbia. This new investment is in addition to regular
program funding for the Small Craft Harbour Program of approximately $6.3
million for the province of British Columbia.
    The following projects will be carried out under the program:
    Harbour development and repair projects will be carried out at Campbell
River, Fanny Bay, French Creek, Ganges, Gibsons, Hospital Bay, Kitkatla, Lund,
Port Alberni, Port Clements, Port McNeill, Quathiaski Cove, Saltery Bay,
Sointula, Sooke, Steveston, Tsehum Harbour and Ucluelet West. Major projects,
including the installation of large scale floating wharves, will also take
place at French Creek, Port Hardy and Steveston.
    Wharf repairs or improvements are planned for Bamfield West, Campbell
River, Comox, Gibsons, Heriot Bay, Ladysmith, Prince Rupert (Rushbrook) and
Steveston.
    Float repairs are scheduled for French Creek, Powell River South, Prince
Rupert (Fairview Bay), Queen Charlotte, Steveston and Ucluelet West.
    Dredging work is scheduled for Ladysmith and Steveston.
    Breakwater construction and repairs will take place at Bella Coola,
Comox, Deep Bay, Ford Cove, Heriot Bay, Kelsey Bay, Ladysmith, Lund, Ocean
Falls, Port Alberni, Prince Rupert (Fairview Bay), Prince Rupert (Rushbrook)
and Sointula.
    Float access construction and repair will be undertaken at French Creek
and Steveston. Shore protection repairs will be done at Kelsey Bay and upland
improvements, including buildings and service areas, will take place at False
Creek (Vancouver), Steveston and Queen Charlotte.
    Electrical service improvements will be carried out at Campbell River,
Deep Bay, Egmont, Madeira Park, Porpoise Bay, Port Edward, Port Hardy, Prince
Rupert (Rushbrook) and Queen Charlotte. Fire protection repairs are slated for
Steveston.




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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