Canadian Government Investing in Small Craft Harbours in Manitoba

James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, on behalf of Gail Shea, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, announced that the Government of Canada will invest $3.2 million in maintenance, repair, construction and dredging projects at small craft harbours in Manitoba.

“Our Government recognizes that small craft harbours play a vital role for the fishing industry and local communities,” said Bezan. “The investment announced today demonstrates this Government's commitment to providing safe and functional harbours. It will support local economies, create jobs and benefit commercial fishers and their communities for years to come.”

Major projects being funded under the program include:

• Construction of a breakwater at Berens River (Sigurdsson Island)
• Refurbishment of a wharf at Gimli
• Repairs to the breakwaters at Goodman's Landing
• Harbour improvements, including the installation of floating wharves, at Little Grindstone Point
• Completion of a project to reconstruct two wharves, dredge the basin, shorten the breakwater and install a new concrete launching ramp and new floating wharves at Whiskey Jack Portage
• Completion of a project begun last year to reconstruct the wharf and install a concrete launching ramp and new floating wharves at Rossville

In addition, a number of minor repair and re-dredging projects as well as technical studies will be carried out at small craft harbours throughout the province.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada undertakes these projects in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users.

Cooperation between the Department and harbour authorities allows the federal government to continue to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada in support of the commercial fishing industry.

This year, Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Small Craft Harbours Program will undertake repair and maintenance work at core fishing harbours across Canada through an investment of approximately $63 million. This investment will fund over 100 major repair, construction, maintenance and dredging projects at small craft harbours across Canada. In addition, this investment will enable a large number of minor repair and re-dredging projects to be carried out at fishing harbours throughout the country.