Funds secured for Southeast New Brunswick dredge projects

Government of Canada continues to invest in their small craft harbours with more than $8 million set aside to help renew the infrastructure throughout Southeast New Brunswick.

The announcement came yesterday from Dominic LeBlanc, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

Small craft harbours are the heart of Canada’s coastal communities. With approximately 90% of that product landed at small craft harbours, this infrastructure is vital to Canada’s local and national economies.

“The fishing industry is deeply ingrained in the landscape and the history of Southeast New Brunswick. These investments in our local harbours will ensure they remain in good shape for years to come,” said Dominic LeBlanc, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Through Budget 2021, the federal government is investing $300 million to repair, upgrade and build new small craft harbours across Canada.

“Small craft harbours are the heart of Canada’s coastal communities. They’re places of gathering, hubs of recreation and industry, and they’re essential to Canada’s growing blue economy. That’s why our government is investing $300 million to make our harbours greener, safer, and more efficient,” added Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

A number of harbours across the Southeast New Brunswick have been identified for improvements:

  • Removal of an old ramp, electrical upgrades and annual harbour entrance redredging at Les Aboiteaux (Cap-Pelé);
  • Removal of an existing crib structure and upgrades to North-east breakwater at Petit-Cap (Cap-Pelé);
  • Dredging of the harbour entrance and channel as well as the design and permits for containment cell and for a possible future basin dredging project at Bas-Cap-Pelé;
  • Maintenance dredging and upgrades to the electrical system at Chockpish;
  • Upgrades to the electrical system and annual redredging at Cap-Lumière;
  • Annual channel redredging at Cap-de-St-Louis;
  • Channel and basin dredging and harbour entrance redredging at St-Édouard-de-Kent;
  • Upgrades to the electrical system at Cape Tourmentine;
  • Construction of a new ramp at Botsford;
  • Replace the wall damaged by Hurrican Dorian and reconstruct an existing wharf at Barre-de-Cocagne (Cormierville);
  • Emptying the containment cell at St-Thomas.

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