MISSION, BC, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is making a
substantial investment to improve small craft harbours throughout British
Columbia, Randy Kamp, Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows-Maple
Ridge-Mission, announced today on behalf of the Honourable Loyola Hearn,
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.
This funding of $1.3 million is in addition to the more than $2.8 million
federal investment in harbour improvements at Steveston and Vancouver Island
small craft harbours, announced recently by John Cummins, Member of Parliament
for Delta-Richmond East, and James Lunney, Member of Parliament for
Nanaimo-Alberni. It also builds on funding announced yesterday to improve five
harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador.
"Small craft harbours are essential to the livelihood of many coastal
B.C. communities," said Mr. Kamp. "Improvements to these harbours will help to
ensure the continued sustainability and health of these communities."
Six harbours throughout British Columbia will undergo major improvements
as a result of this investment, including Port Edward, Prince Rupert
(Rushbrook), Oona River, Bella Bella (Martins Cove), Okeover and Mission.
Minor works projects will also be undertaken in harbours throughout B.C.
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
Details about these projects may be found in the attached backgrounder.
SMALL CRAFT HARBOUR IMPROVEMENTS THROUGHOUT BRITISH COLUMBIA
The Government of Canada is investing over $1.3 million to improve
several small craft harbours throughout British Columbia.
The funding will be directed to various projects throughout the province,
including the initiatives outlined below:
Phase I of an electrical reconstruction project at the Port Edward
harbour will include the installation of a larger main distribution centre,
and the replacement of aging electrical cabinets with new receptacle panels
enclosed in corrosion-resistant boxes.
The final phase of a two-phase project at the Prince Rupert (Rushbrook)
harbour will enhance the performance of the entire float system through the
replacement of flanges, cross-timbers, deck planks, bull rails and flotation.
The Mission harbour facility will benefit from repairs to its concrete
float, as well as the installation of additional foam flotation, to maintain
overall float performance.
Over time, the mooring piles and a portion of the float system at the
Oona River harbour facility have deteriorated. This project will repair the
float mooring system, selected float components and improve access from the
wharf to the floats.
The Bella Bella (Martins Cove) harbour will benefit from repairs to the
timber approach, wharfhead and floats, which are being undertaken to address
significant deterioration of harbour structures. These repairs will help
maintain the site as a safe and serviceable facility.
Recent storms resulted in severe damage to the east floating breakwater
at the Okeover harbour. A project to repair deficiencies in the floating pipe
breakwater structure will be undertaken to prepare it for future storms,
including replacing mooring lines and anchors with a new system.
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For further information:
For further information: Hannah R. Mahoney, Communications Advisor,
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Pacific Region, (604) 666-7120