The Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, joined by Tilly O’Neill-Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi, announced today that the Government of Canada will invest a minimum of $36.2 million over the next two years to improve safety and working conditions for fishermen at 14 fishing harbors in Northeast New Brunswick.
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided an unprecedented level of funding to support investments in public infrastructure across the country.
Last fall, Prime Minister Harper announced an additional investment of $5.8 billion over the next two years to build and renew infrastructure across the country to support Canadian heritage, First Nations education, defense, borders, research, small craft harbors, transportation and search and rescue.
As part of this funding, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard will receive a total of approximately $551 million. This includes $288 million for harbor improvements at small craft harbors.
The $36.2 million investment highlighted today will support the following harbor projects:
- Caraquet – upgrading of the electrical system;
- Escuminac – placement of armor stone on the outside face of a wharf and replacement of a second wharf;
- Lamèque – replacement of a deteriorated wharf and reconstruction of another wharf;
- Le Goulet – major work to replace part of the breakwater wharf, repair shore protection, replace the breakwater, dredge the basin entrance and initiate construction of a training wall structure;
- Loggiecroft – dredging of the harbor channel and basin;
- McEachern’s Point – dredging of the channel;
- Miller Brook – replacement of two deteriorated breakwaters with new structures;
- Miscou – replacement of an existing deteriorated wharf;
- New Mills – construction of a breakwater and dredging;
- Petit-Rocher – dredging and expansion of the harbor basin;
- Pigeon Hill – replacement of a deteriorated wharf and dredging of the access channel;
- Pointe-Sapin – replacement of the launching ramp and deteriorated marginal wharves, as well as channel dredging;
- Sainte-Marie-sur-Mer – replacement of the end of the breakwater and of a deteriorated wharf with a new structure with armor stone facing;
- Shippagan – continuation of a major, multi-year wharf replacement project, as well as partial reconstruction of another wharf.