Coastal communities across Canada are supported by small craft harbors that provide the commercial fishing industry with safe and accessible facilities.
With approximately 44,000 Canadians employed in this sector, the Government of Canada is making investments to renew its network of small craft harbors and work with municipalities and other stakeholders where investments and divestitures can enhance local communities.
Yesterday, Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon announced that the Government of Canada is investing over $12 million over two years in small craft harbor improvements and transfer projects in Avalon.
These projects are part of a $40 million announcement for improvements to small craft harbors in Newfoundland and Labrador made last month by Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defense and the Member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl.
A number of harbors have been identified for improvements:
- Reconstruction of the main wharf at Foxtrap Harbor;
- Reconstruction of the main wharf at Trepassey Harbor;
- Maintenance dredging at the Branch Harbor;
- Shore protection reconstruction at Calvert Harbor;
- Preparation work for the divestiture of the Small Craft Harbor site in Gaskiers;
- Clean up of North Harbor in St. Mary’s bay to return the site to its natural state;
- Preparation work for the divestiture of Spaniard’s Bay to the Town of Spaniard’s Bay;
- Increasing berthing space for Harbor users in Port de Grave.