Loyola Hearn announces major federal investment in Northern Vancouver Island harbour improvements

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - Major improvements will be made to harbours in
communities on Northern Vancouver Island and surrounding areas, the Honourable
Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today.
    "This funding ensures that key components of North Vancouver Island's
harbours will be regularly maintained and improved," said Minister Hearn.
"Today's announcement demonstrates that the Government of Canada is committed
to making our harbours safer and more efficient."
    The new $1.4 million in funding for harbour improvements announced by
Minister Hearn builds on the more than $4.1 million that the Government of
Canada has already invested in harbour improvements in British Columbia this
year. Improvements will be undertaken at small craft harbours in the following

    Port Hardy - Work will be undertaken to complete the second phase of a
project that includes dredging to allow for reorientation of the harbour
floats. In addition, older electrical equipment will be replaced with new,
corrosion resistant systems.

    Campbell River - Reconstruction of floats in the southern portion of the
harbour, including the replacement of key structural components, will conclude
a two-year project to repair all the floats at the harbour.

    Fanny Bay - Recent inspections at the harbour indicate that the approach
and wharf head require structural repairs to sustain future operations. This
project will reconstruct damaged structural components within the loading
wharf and approach. Sections of the damaged wharf and approach deck will also
be replaced.

    Comox - In the second phase of a multi-year project, the upgrading of
electrical equipment in the east portion of the harbour will be completed.
These new systems will ensure safer operation of the harbour's electrical

    Quathiaski Cove - This first phase of a multi-year project will entail
replacing outdated electrical components with new systems. The work will
ensure the continued safe supply of electrical services and reduce future
maintenance costs.

    A number of minor works projects throughout North Vancouver Island and
surrounding area will also be carried out to support safe harbour operations
and help ensure facilities are in good repair.
    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. Such 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 and coastal communities.

    The Government of Canada understands the importance of small craft
harbours to communities across the country. Since February 2006, the permanent
annual funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program has been increased by
$20 million, with a further $10 million commitment made in Budget 2008 over
two years for repairs and environmental cleanup at recreational and non-core
fishing harbours to permit the transfer of these harbours to interested

For further information:

For further information: Dan Bate, Communications Advisor, Fisheries and
Oceans Canada, Pacific Region, (604) 775-8809

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