Federal Government Invests in Wiarton Harbour

Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced that the Government of Canada will invest in a significant project at the Wiarton Harbour.

The project involves partially demolishing the upper portion of a timber crib structure and covering it in armour stone, to create a rubble mound breakwater. Recent breaches have raised concerns about the breakwater and its ability to protect the infrastructure behind it. The tendering phase for this project is planned for early to mid-summer 2014.

"I am very pleased to announce that the Federal Government will be investing this important project to support and maintain the Wiarton Harbour,' said Miller. "The harbour is very important to the local economy and is a focal point of the community. This investment will go a long way in supporting commercial and recreational fishing and small-craft boating in Wiarton.'

According to Jeff Hammill, President of Wiarton Marina, the existing breakwall was built in the 1930s and has been patched a few times. "[The government] has decided to redo the whole thing in armour stone,' Hammill explains. "It will be completed in the fall. They'll likely start in mid August pending approval.'

Hammill says a half dozen of the boats docked near the wall will be temporarily be relocated until the project is complete – otherwise there will be no disruption to the marina or its customers.

This is part of the Government of Canada's investment of approximately $106 million in repair, construction, and maintenance projects across Canada. This includes regular annual funding and an additional $40 million to be allotted over two years, as announced in the 2014 Federal Budget.

Funding for the project will be received through the Small Craft Harbours Program. This program is responsible for over 1,000 small craft harbours across Canada.