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Harper Government Invests in Newfoundland and Labrador Small Craft Harbours

Senator Manning announces projects to improve safety and working conditions for harbour users

April 24, 2015 – Port de Grave, Newfoundland and Labrador

Senator Fabian Manning, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada will invest in major improvement projects at small craft harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador. This funding will provide a safer and more efficient working environment for fishermen and harbour users across the province.

Over the next two years funding will be allocated to harbour improvement projects at the 19 following harbours:

  • Arnold’s Cove – constructing a floating breakwater
  • Aquaforte – reconstructing the pool-site wharf and extending the fish plant wharf
  • Bay de Verde – reconstructing the main breakwater
  • Bonavista – reconstructing the finger pier adjacent to the fish plant wharf, and refurbishing the eastern breakwater
  • Branch – extending a marginal wharf
  • Calvert – upgrading the wharf electrical system
  • Cape Broyle – reconstructing a marginal wharf
  • Carbonear – constructing a breakwater
  • Catalina – constructing a finger pier wharf
  • Harbour Grace – repairing marginal wharves and completing the construction of a finger pier extension
  • Jerseyside – completing the reconstruction of a finger pier
  • O’Donnell’s – constructing wharf and breakwater extensions
  • Old Perlican – reconstructing the main wharf and basin dredging
  • Petty Harbour – reconstructing a marginal wharf
  • Port de Grave – reconstructing a marginal wharf
  • Riverhead – completing construction of the new wharf by installing an electrical system
  • South Dildo – reconstructing a wharf facility
  • Summerville – constructing a wharf extension
  • St. Brides – replacing floating docks, repairing a marginal wharf, and completing the refurbishment of the main breakwater   

More details on the cost of these projects will become available as contracts are being awarded. Projects being carried out in other communities across the province will be announced over the coming weeks.

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided an unprecedented level of funding to support investments in public infrastructure across the country. Last fall, Prime Minister Harper announced an additional investment of $5.8 billion over the next two years to build and renew infrastructure across the country to support Canadian heritage, First Nations education, defence, borders, research, small craft harbours, transportation and search and rescue. As part of this funding, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard received approximately $551 million, $288 million of which is being used for harbour improvements at small craft harbours.

Quick Facts

  • Port de Grave is the home port to 101 commercial fishing vessels and is one of the busiest harbours in the province.
  • The primary species fished at Port de Grave are crab, shrimp, capelin, cod and herring.
  • In the last two fiscal years, the Government of Canada has invested over $1.4M at this harbour.
  • The Government of Canada supports more than 1,000 small craft harbours across Canada. Harbour improvement projects are undertaken in cooperation with the local harbour authorities who manage and operate facilities for local users.
  • Small craft harbours support the commercial fishing industry. Nearly 90 percent of all commercial fish harvesters in Canada use small craft harbour facilities, and their annual production represents approximately $1.6 billion.

Quotes

“For generations, hard-working Canadian men and women have made their livelihood from our waters. Without question, small craft harbours are the cornerstone of our commercial fishing industry. Today’s announcement is part of our Government’s ongoing commitment to support harbours, local economies and foster job creation.”

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

“Here in Port de Grave, fishing is an important way of life for many. Our Government is committed to supporting infrastructure that our dedicated fishermen rely upon in order to provide for their families. We have and will continue to provide a safe working environment for the fishermen of Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Senator Fabian Manning

“Our small craft harbours are very important to our communities and the livelihoods of those who rely on having access to a safe harbour. I am pleased that today the Government of Canada has announced a significant investment to support and maintain our small craft harbours and, in doing so, has recognized the important contributions of our Harbour Authorities and volunteers throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Bill Ralph, Harbour Manager, Port de Grave

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Media Contacts

Frank Stanek
Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ottawa
613-990-7537

Sophie Doucet
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
613-992-3474

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