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Government of Canada Creates Jobs Coast-to-Coast With Small Craft


Government of Canada Creates Jobs Coast-to-Coast With Small Craft Harbour Repairs and Improvements

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2010) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, has announced that the federal government will invest $5 million in repair and improvement projects at small craft harbours across Canada.

This funding is part of the $80 million in regular funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program this year, which is in addition to the $200 million provided for small craft harbours under Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"Our Government understands that safe, efficient harbours are essential. They benefit fishers and their communities," said Minister Shea. "By funding repairs and improvement projects at harbours across the country, we are creating and protecting jobs and investing in the future of our fishing industry."

The repair projects will be undertaken at:

- Albion, Stewart and French Creek, British Columbia

- Hnausa, Manitoba

- Mingan, Grand-Entree (Magdalen Islands), Perce and Gascons (Gaspe), Quebec

- Caribou (Little Entrance) and Kraut Point, Nova Scotia

- Skinners Pond, Prince Edward Island, and

- Fortune and Fischells, Newfoundland and Labrador

The Government's investment also includes a contribution of $200,000 towards technical studies to identify the location best suited for small vessels and commercial fishing harbour facilities in Saint John, New Brunswick.

These projects are being undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), as part of its Small Craft Harbours Program, in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users. Close cooperation between DFO and harbour authorities allows the federal government to continue to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada in support of commercial fishers.



BACKGROUNDER

A federal investment of $5 million will fund repair and improvement projects at several small craft harbours across the country. This funding is part of the $80 million in regular funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program this year, and in addition to the $200 million provided for small craft harbours under Canada's Economic Action Plan.

This new funding will be directed towards the following projects:

British Columbia:

Wharf repair work will be undertaken at Albion to repair storm damage sustained last winter.

At the Stewart small craft harbour, a line of ten floating wharf modules will be replaced. These float modules are currently in poor condition and the improvements will reduce the risk of sinking due to heavy snowfalls. The electrical system for the floats is in deteriorated condition and will also be replaced.

At the French Creek small craft harbour, improvements were recently completed on the mooring, decking and substructure of the timber floats. Repairs were also undertaken on the deteriorated timber elements and decking.

Manitoba:

The timber pile wharf in Hnausa Harbour is in poor condition. The Government's investment will fund the demolition and removal of the existing structure and reconstruction of the wharf.

Quebec:

A contract was awarded for the demolition and appropriate disposal of the ruins of Mingan wharf, which was destroyed by fire in September. This work is now completed and will prevent the remains of the wharf from being scattered during winter storms or by ice movements. In addition, temporary facilities will be installed on the site so that fishers who were using the wharf previously can start their spring fishing season with the least possible disruption.

Paving work will be performed next summer at Grande-Entree harbour in the Magdalen Island. This project will improve traffic circulation in the harbour and help reduce dust accumulation around the catch transhipment areas.

In the Gaspe Peninsula, the electrical service shed at the entrance to Perce wharf was severely damaged in fall storms. Repair work is now underway on the shed and will be completed in coming weeks. At Gascons (Anse-a-la-Barbe), dredging and the installation of new floating docks will enable local lobster fishers to operate from the harbour next season.

Newfoundland and Labrador:

In Fortune, the funding will be used to investigate structural problems in the marginal wharf near the fish plant.

Fischells will undergo a wharf reconstruction project involving the demolition and removal of the existing wharf, currently nearing the end of its service life, and construction of a new structure. Once the project is completed in 2011, the new wharf will provide local fishers with a much safer facility.

Nova Scotia:

A wharf reconstruction project is underway at Caribou (Little Entrance). The project, which will restore the wharf to safe operating condition, involves the replacement of the deteriorated timber deck, cross bracing, ladders and fenders with new treated timber.

The improvement project at Kraut Point involves replacing the existing electrical system with new, upgraded services on the main wharf. The project will ensure that the system meets the electrical code requirements and provides fishers with improved working conditions on the wharf.

Prince Edward Island:

Work planned for Skinners Pond will strengthen and extend the entrance breakwater, improving navigation and safety for fishers in the harbour entrance channel. This project should be fully completed in the fall of 2010.

Spending allocations from the $5M to individual projects will be available once all contracts are awarded. The Government's investment also includes a contribution of $200,000 towards technical studies to evaluate options and identify the best solution to address the needs of small vessels and the commercial fishing industry in Saint John, New Brunswick.

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

For more information, please contact
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
Alain Belle-Isle
Media Relations
613-993-5413

or

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
Nancy Bishay
Press Secretary
613-992-3474





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