On June 19 in Brighton, Ontario, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada and Canada's Minister of the Environment met to announce a $285 million investment in infrastructure for Ontario's Trent-Severn Waterway.
Sara Anghel, Executive Director and Vice-President of Government Relations for the NMMA Canada and Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment were on hand for the announcement.
"Boating access is a core of what our industry strives to achieve for boaters and our members and I want to thank the Government of Canada for this historic announcement which does just that,' said Anghel at the press conference. "Our industry has engaged with the federal government for a number of years to bring to the forefront the importance of recreational boating to Canada's heritage and economy – particularly for the tourism and hospitality sectors. We thank you for considering our input and for making the important commitment announced here today.'
According to a release issued by Parks Canada, the investment includes the replacement of the Brighton Road Swing Bridge (located in Quinte West), the rehabilitation of Trenton Dam 1 (in Trenton) and the replacement and rehabilitation of several other bridges, dams and locks throughout the Trenton-Severn Waterway. The investment aims to protect and secure the future of the waterway while creating and protecting job opportunities for Canadians. Over 43 infrastructure projects at the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site will be financed through the investment.
Also joining Aglukkaq and Anghel for the announcement was Rick Norlock, Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Quinte West; Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings; and Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament for Simcoe-North.
"On many of these waters, there are countless Canadians who share a passion for boating and spend precious hours with friends and family on the water,” adds Anghel. “We are honoured to represent the recreational marine industry at this historic event.'
NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout Canada and the US. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle.