The Government of Canada will invest $10.2 million in maintenance, repair, construction and dredging projects at small craft harbours in Nova Scotia, as part of a country-wide $63 investment in core fishing harbours.
“Small craft harbours play a vital role in securing the prosperity of our coastal communities in Nova Scotia,” said the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. “The investment announced today shows our Government’s commitment to providing safe and prosperous harbours. It will support local economies, create jobs and benefit fishers, their families and communities for years to come.”
Major projects being funded under the program include:
Maintenance & repair
• Beginning of a multi-year breakwater wharf construction project at Chéticamp (LaDigue);
• Construction of a breakwater wharf at Port Morien, to be carried out over two years;
• Reconstruction of a marginal wharf at Pleasant Bay, to be carried out over two years;
• Repairs to a wharf at Caribou Ferry, to be carried out over two years; and
• Reconstructing a portion of a wharf at Upper Whitehead, to be carried out over two years.
• Increasing the depth in the channel and a small section of the basin at Three Fathom Harbour; and
• Planning for a regional dredge disposal site at Glace Bay.
In addition, a number of minor repair and redredging projects as well as technical studies will be carried out at small craft harbours throughout the province.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada undertakes these projects in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users. Close cooperation between the Department and harbour authorities allows the federal government to continue to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada in support of the commercial fishing industry.