LOWER WEST PUBNICO, NS, Aug. 27, 2018 /CNW/ - Communities across West Nova are welcoming a significant federal investment that will benefit the local economy. Coastal communities across Canada are supported by small craft harbours that provide the commercial fishing industry with safe and accessible facilities. With approximately 44,000 Canadians employed in this sector, the Government of Canada is making investments to renew its network of small craft harbours and work with municipalities and other stakeholders where investments and divestitures can enhance local communities.
Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced that the Government of Canada is investing $8.35 million in harbour infrastructure in West Nova.
Investments being made at small craft harbours in West Nova include:
- Chegoggin – Construction of a containment cell to allow for the disposal of dredged materials
- Dennis Point (Lower West Pubnico) – Construction of a new wharf to the south of the existing structures
- Hampton – Installation of new piles, tie rods and concrete anchor blocks
- Meteghan – Installation of a float system
- Pinkney's Point – Construction of a containment cell to allow for the disposal of dredged materials
- Wedge Point (Wedgeport) – Repair damaged steel piles using concrete jackets along with reinforcing steel plates
"This $8.35 million investment in local small craft harbours not only helps the commercial fishing industry, but West Nova as a whole. While additional work on small craft harbours throughout West Nova also needs to get done, today's announcement demonstrates our government's commitment to ensuring that fish harvesters can continue to rely on safe and accessible harbours. Investing in our small craft harbours not only helps to renew and maintain the infrastructure that forms the backbone of our regional economy, but also creates job opportunities for fish harvesters, small businesses and local communities."
Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament, West Nova
"Investments that help improve communities are a priority for our Government. When we invest in the community, Canadians and the Canadian economy benefit. Small Craft Harbour investments demonstrate the federal government's commitment to local economies. We are proud of this investment to support the fishing industry—a key economic sector that helps support coastal communities across the country.
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
- The Government of Canada is investing $250 million over two years to renew its network of small craft harbours and work with municipalities and other stakeholders to enhance local communities, economies and foster job creation.
- This is in addition to $100 million that will be invested in 2018-19 for repairs, maintenance, construction, and dredging at core commercial fishing harbours across Canada.
- The mandate of the Small Craft Harbours Program is to keep harbours critical to the commercial fishing industry open and in good repair.
- Small craft harbours provide critical support to the commercial fishing industry, which had landings valued at almost $3.4 billion in 2017.
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada supports more than 1000 harbours across Canada with more than 5000 volunteers from harbour authorities.
- Harbour restoration projects are undertaken in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users.
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SOURCE Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Canada
For further information: Danica Garner, Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, 613-992-3474, Danica.Garner@dfo-mpo.gc.ca; Jason Deveau, Office of the Member of Parliament, West Nova, 1-866-280-5302, Colin.Fraser.C1@parl.gc.ca; Media Relations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 613-990-7537, firstname.lastname@example.org