Senator Fabian Manning, on behalf of the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, has announced an $18.4 million investment in improvement projects at small craft harbors in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“The Government of Canada is proud to invest in Newfoundland and Labrador’s harbors and to ensure that fishermen and commercial harbor users have safe access and reliable facilities to carry out their daily activities. The funding announced today will maintain a network of safe and efficient harbors across Canada and contribute to continued economic growth and prosperity for Newfoundland and Labrador fishermen,” said Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.
This investment is supporting the following major projects:
- Harbor refurbishment at Bartlett’s Harbor involving reconstruction of the main wharf, basin dredging, and a new electrical service;
- Breakwater repairs at Blue Beach;
- Harbor improvements at Branch, to begin in 2015;
- Completion of wharf reconstruction projects at Brig Bay, Long Cove, and Port de Grave;
- Wharf reconstruction at Conche;
- Refurbishment of facilities on the north side at Cow Head, over two years;
- Completion of widening the access to the Ship Cove wharf at Burin;
- Completion of wharf reconstruction at Fermeuse;
- Floating wharf replacement at Francois and at Greenspond;
- Removal of a finger pier at Happy Adventure that will be replaced with a floating wharf;
- Electrical system installation at Valleyfield;
- Completion of wharf deck reconstruction at Hermitage;
- Continuation of harbor development at Mary’s Harbor that includes wharves, a launching ramp, and a small boat basin, over three years;
- Wharf reconstruction at Ramea to replace a cribwork wharf with a new treated timber structure;
- Shore protection improvements at St. David’s (Crabbe’s River) and Westport;
- Wharf extension at Twillingate (Shoal Tickle);
- Construction of a launching ramp at Bird Cove; and
- Maintenance dredging at Trout River.
This investment will also support a number of repair and redredging projects as well as technical studies that will be carried out at small craft harbors throughout the province this year.
Funding for these projects is part of the Government of Canada’s investment of approximately $106 million in repair, construction, maintenance and dredging projects at small craft harbors across Canada. This includes $66 million in regular program funding for the Small Craft Harbors Program in 2014-15 and an additional $40 million over two years, as announced in Economic Action Plan 2014.