OTTAWA: The federal government is remaining mum on which small craft harbours are receiving funding.
On August 17, Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants, announced that the Government of Canada is investing $42 million in small craft harbour improvement and transfer projects across Nova Scotia over the next three years.
The investment will cover repairs to 27 small craft harbours across the province and will include: wharf construction and upgrades; breakwater construction or repairs; dredging; containment cell construction; and reepairs ahead of divestitures.
Danica Garner, special assistant to the fisheries minister, told The Reporter that more details will be coming soon.
“A complete list of the Nova Scotia harbours is not available at this moment,” she explained. “However, further announcements will be made over the coming days/weeks.”
Garner explained that projects approved for funding were selected in strict criteria.
“Projects are selected based upon a rigorous assessment of factors such as health and safety risks, operational requirements, harbour activity, economic benefit, environmental considerations, project readiness, and feasibility of implementation,” Garner noted.
The Government of Canada is investing $250 million over two years to renew its network of small craft harbours and work with municipalities and other stakeholders to enhance local communities, economies and foster job creation.
This is in addition to $100 million that will be invested in 2018-19 for repairs, maintenance, construction, and dredging at core commercial fishing harbours across Canada.
Small craft harbours provide critical support to the commercial fishing industry, which had landings valued at almost $3.4 billion in 2017.
Harbour restoration projects are undertaken in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users.
The Small Craft Harbours Program also aims to transfer ownership and operation of recreational harbours to interested third parties who are best placed to operate them effectively and responsively to the needs of the local economy.
Since 1995, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has successfully divested over 1,100 harbours across the country.