The federal government has announced funding for wharf repairs across the country, including projects in this region.
This year's investment of $51.7 million will fund major repair, maintenance and construction projects, as well as dredging, at approximately 95 fishing harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia. In addition to these major projects, minor repairs and maintenance projects will proceed throughout the year as needed.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is undertaking 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.
In addition to the major projects, minor repair and maintenance projects, studies and planning will also be carried out at fishing harbours throughout the province.
Additionally, work will continue at harbours that were damaged by storms in 2010. In 2011, the Federal Government invested $71.6 million over three years towards the repair of harbours affected by Hurricane Igor in Newfoundland, the Manitoba "Weather Bomb," and the 2010 December storms in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.
"Our Government is committed to making sure that fishermen have safe and well-kept harbours across the country. Never before has such high priority been placed on Small Craft Harbours nor have infrastructure investments been so extensive," said Minister Keith Ashfield. "Fishermen and women contribute to a healthy economy and we are pleased to provide them with the harbour infrastructure they need to earn a living and support their families."
Nova Scotia projects
The Government of Canada will invest $8.4 million in repair, maintenance and construction projects at small craft harbours in Nova Scotia.
The major projects being funded in Nova Scotia under the program include:
• wharf repairs at Kraut Point (Riverport) and Petit-de-Grat;
• harbour improvements at Neils Harbour;
• float repairs at Pinkneys Point;
• electrical system repairs at Larrys River;
• breakwater improvements at Newellton;
• completion of design and engineering work related to a breakwater at Cape St. Mary's;
• engineering work for a future wharf extension at Port Morien;
• preliminary design work for a ramp at Lower East Pubnico;
• a zonal planning study for Blandford and New Harbour;
• an analysis of harbour use and needs for Parkers Cove; and
• dredging at Cheticamp (La Digue), Glace Bay, Larrys River, Mabou Harbour, Malagash, Meteghan, Toney River, Wallace and Wedge Point (Wedgeport).
Prince Edward Island projects
In Prince Edward Island the government is investing $3.5 million in repair, maintenance and construction projects at small craft harbours. Major projects being funded under the program include:
• wharf reconstruction at Howards Cove;
• wharf repairs at Graham Pond;
• wharf repairs and realignment at North Lake;
• engineering work for a wharf reconstruction project at Tignish Run /Judes Point;
• breakwater improvements and dredging at Skinners Pond; and
•dredging at Malpeque Cove (Malpeque), Naufrage, North Lake, Tracadie and West Point.
New Brunswick projects
In New Brunswick, $9.7 million in repair, maintenance and construction projects is being invested. Major projects being funded under the program include:
• wharf repairs at Leonardville, Loggiecroft (Kouchibouguac) and White Head;
• further harbour development work at Ingalls Head and Seal Cove (Fishermen's Wharves);
• improvements to the service area at Lords Cove;
• electrical system upgrades at McEacherns Point (Wishart Point);
• breakwater extension at Miscou;
• installation of floating wharves at Cap-de-Saint-Louis;
• skidway and slipway repairs at Malloch Beach (North Road);
• advance planning will be done for a future dredging project at Escuminac; and
• dredging at Cap-Lumiere (Richibucto Cape), Chockpish (Cote-Sainte-Anne), Les Aboiteaux (Dupuis Corner), McEachern's Point (Wishart Point), Pigeon Hill, Pointe-Sapin, Saint-Edouard-de-Kent and Sainte-Marie-sur-Mer.
Newfoundland and Labrador projects
In Newfoundland and Labrador, $12.3 million is being invested. Major projects being funded include:
• wharf construction at Rencontre East;
• wharf reconstruction at Blue Cove and Pinsent's Arm,
• completion of a wharf reconstruction project at Little Port;
• wharf reconstruction at Long Cove, to be carried out over three years;
• breakwater extension at Musgrave Harbour;
• wharf repairs at Old Perlican and Sunnyside;
• shore protection and reconstruction work at St. David's (Crabbe's River);
• construction of a slipway at South East Bight and reconstruction of a slipway at Belleoram, as well as repairs to the slipway at Black Duck Brook;
• wharf deck repairs at Fleur de Lys, where the electrical system will also be upgraded;
• completion of a wharf construction project at Bonavista, and completion of wharf extension and harbour protection at Eddies Cove East;
• plans and specifications for future harbour development at Fermeuse; and
• dredging at Dildo.