The Honorable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced yesterday that the Government of Canada will invest $69,500 in a project at Skinners Cove Harbor.
The work will involve emptying the containment cell that holds dredged material in order to accommodate the dredging planned for the spring. Dredging the channel ensures that Skinners Cove remains a safe and efficient work environment for the fishermen.
The project will commence shortly and is expected to be completed by the end of January.
This is part of the federal government’s investment of approximately $106 million in repair, construction, maintenance and dredging projects at harbors across Canada from which $22.4 million is being invested in Nova Scotia. The $106 million includes regular program funding in 2014-2015 and an additional $40 million over two years, from Economic Action Plan 2014.
“Our Government understands that by investing in small craft harbors, we are investing directly in local communities. The funding announced yesterday will allow the hard-working Central Nova fishermen to support their families in a safe and efficient work environment. We are proud to invest in infrastructure that supports local economies and encourages future prosperity,” said MacKay.
The Small Craft Harbor program will also receive $288 million from the $5.8 billion infrastructure investment announced by Prime Minister Harper last November. Supporting local harbors not only protects a long-established way of life, it encourages economic prosperity in coastal communities.