Government Invests Big in Nova Scotia Harbors

The Honorable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, has announced that the Government of Canada will invest $60.3 million in major improvement projects at 48 harbors across Nova Scotia over the next two years.

These projects will provide a safer and more efficient working environment for harbor users and local fishermen.

Of this funding, $20 million will be allocated to harbor improvement projects at 17 harbors in Pictou county, Kings county, Guysborough county and across Cape Breton.

– Bay St. Lawrence – construction of new steel sheet pilings to replace the deteriorated training wall on the east side of the harbor;

– Big Bras d’Or – replacing a deteriorated timber deck;

– Canso – constructing an extension to the wharf;

– Caribou Ferry – completing the construction of a breakwater that was started last year;

– Chéticamp (La Digue) – completing the construction of a breakwater that was started last year and repairing a slipway;

– Dingwall – dredging the channel and basin;

– Dover (Little Dover) – replacing a deteriorated wharf with a new one;

– Finlay Point – replacing a deteriorated wharf with a new one;

– Glace Bay – replacing a deteriorated wharf with a new one;

– Grand Étang – dredging the basin;

– Halls Harbor – replacing a deteriorated wharf with a new one;

– Judique (Baxter’s Cove) – dredging of the basin and channel;

– Larry’s River – reconstruction of the outer section of a wharf;

– Little Harbor (L’Ardoise) – dredging of the basin and channel;

– Little River (Victoria County) – replacing a deteriorated wharf with a new one;

– Murphy’s Pond – replacing the existing breakwater, dredging the basin and installing floating wharves;

– Petit-de-Grat – dredging the channel and basin.

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 received a total of approximately $551 million, $288 million of which is being used for harbor improvements at small craft harbors.

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