Canadian government invests in fishing harbours

Canada is investing in its harbours to support the commercial fishing industry Canada is investing in its harbours to support the commercial fishing industry

The Canadian government has announced this week that it will make significant investments to repair, construct and maintain harbours across Canada – vital to support the country’s commercial fishing industry.

Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, said: “Our Government is committed to providing safe and functional harbours to support the commercial fishing industry. Never before has such high priority been placed on Small Craft Harbours nor have infrastructure investments been so extensive.”

The investment of CAD$51.7m will not only provide much needed maintenance, it will also provide dredging work at around 95 fishing harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will be undertaking these projects in cooperation with local harbour authorities.

Over recent years, the Canadian government has made significant investments in small craft harbours. Canada’s Economic Action Plan, announced in the 2009 budget, provided CAD$200m over two years to accelerate maintenance and dredging works at small craft harbours across the country.

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