Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce, announced yesterday that the Government of Canada will invest in a harbor improvement project at Bayfield Harbor, a development scheme that will provide a safer and more efficient working environment for local fishermen and harbor users.
At the Bayfield Harbor this year, work will include the rehabilitation of the north entrance pier by covering the existing structure with steel sheet piling. Another major improvement project is planned for next year to rehabilitate the Fishermen’s Wharf. Once completed, this project will allow fishermen to enjoy from safer navigation and berthing conditions.
“Since 2008, our Government has continuously made major investments that create opportunities for Canadians and encourage the prosperity of Ontario. The Bayfield Harbor is a key economic and tourism driver for the Municipality of Bluewater. As always, we will continue to ensure safe and efficient working conditions for those who earn their livelihood at these harbors,” said Lobb.
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided 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, defence, borders, research, small craft harbors, transportation and search and rescue.
As part of this funding, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Canadian Coast Guard received approximately $551 million, $288 million of which is being allocated for harbor improvements at small craft harbors.