Canada's New Government announces $1.75 million in funding for Queen Charlotte Islands' harbours

    MASSET, B.C., June 1 /CNW/ - Randy Kamp, Parliamentary Secretary to the
Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today
that Canada's New Government will invest $1.75 million for improvements at two
small craft harbours in B.C.'s Queen Charlotte Islands.
    "Canada's New Government recognizes the need for safe and efficient
harbours in Gwaii Haanas," said Randy Kamp. "With these improvements,
facilities will continue to serve the needs of harbour users and the
communities of the Queen Charlotte Islands."
    At the Queen Charlotte City harbour, a multi-year project will be
initiated to widen the upland service area. This work will provide a
functional alternative to the existing deteriorated timber loading wharf. The
project supports a long-term harbour plan to transfer loading operations
upland while adding to the sheltered moorage areas within the existing basin.
Once completed, the harbour's operations will be significantly enhanced
through improved access and better usage of the basin.
    The work at the Skidegate harbour facility will include repairs to the
wharf and an upgrade to the floats and gangway. The project is a continuation
of previous work carried out in partnership with the Skidegate Band Council.
This work will enable the Council to move forward with improving marine access
for the community.
    This $1.75 million investment, combined with recently announced projects
on the North and South Coast, Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland brings the
investment for small craft harbours in B.C. to $5.75 million.
    The projects will be carried out under Fisheries and Oceans Canada's
Small Craft Harbours Program in collaboration with the harbour authorities
that manage and operate these facilities for the benefit of local users. This
cooperation helps the federal government to provide an operable system of
harbours and facilities throughout Canada in support of commercial fishers and
coastal communities.

For further information:

For further information: Kirsten Ruecker, Communications Advisor,
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region, (604) 666-0392

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