In May, Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced that the Government of Canada is investing $289 million in small craft harbours across the country in 2016 – 2017.
The announcement includes $32 million of the $149 million allocated to small craft harbours in Budget 2016.
Harbour investments across Canada will address infrastructure rust out and operational needs and benefit fish harvesters by ensuring safe berthage and navigational access, as well as adequate wave protection and offloading facilities.
The investment in harbours will ensure that facilities are in good repair and available for commercial fish harvesters and all harbour users.
“Infrastructure investment is a priority of the Government of Canada. It is good for Canadians and good for the Canadian economy”, said Minister Tootoo. “We are proud to announce this investment that will help to renew and preserve local harbour infrastructure, and foster local employment opportunities in coastal communities across Canada for years to come.”
Canada Maritime Industry Facts:
Canada’s commercial fishing industry contributed $6 billion to the Canadian economy in 2015.
Approximately 76,000 Canadians are employed in Canada’s commercial fishing industry.
Small craft harbours are crucial infrastructure for Canada’s commercial fishing industry, providing coastal communities with safe and reliable access points.
The Government of Canada is responsible for keeping more than 1000 small craft harbours across Canada open and in good repair.
Harbour restoration projects are undertaken in cooperation with local Harbour Authorities and volunteers.
source: Fisheries and Oceans Canada