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Federal government invests in Ontario harbour infrastructure

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Federal government invests in Ontario harbour infrastructure

BAYFIELD, ONT. — The Government of Canada is making investments in local harbour infrastructure to renew its network of small craft harbours.

The communities of Bayfield, Lion’s Head, Port Elgin, Dyer’s Bay, Howdenvale, Meaford, Big Bay (North Keppel), White Cloud Island, Pembroke, and Silver Water in Ontario will all receive funding. The feds are investing $8.3 million and are working in partnership with the respective municipalities.

As part of the $250-million investment in its network of small craft harbours across the country under Budget 2018, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) provided $875,000 in funding and undertook work to replace the South Pier Deck at Bayfield Harbour, in the Municipality of Bluewater, Ont. CSL Construction completed the work in March 2019.

DFO also invested in the rehabilitation of the breakwater that was damaged due to a storm event in 2017 at its Small Craft Harbour facility in Meaford, Ont. A contract valued at $519,000 was awarded to Bronte Construction and the work was completed at the end of March 2019.

In Lion’s Head, Ont. in the municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula in April, a similar breakwater reconstruction project valued at $498,000 was completed by Bridge Excavating Ltd. In Big Bay, (North Keppel) Ont., in the Township of Georgian Bluffs, a $270,000 wharf reconstruction project was completed by East Elgin Concrete Forming Limited in March 2019, while a $90,000 rehabilitation of a wharf in Silver Water, Ontario on Manitoulin Island was completed by J.I. Enterprises, also in March 2019, indicates a government release.

Projects in Port Elgin in the Town of Saugeen Shores, Dyer’s Bay in the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula, White Cloud Island in the Township of Georgian Bluffs, Howdenvale in the Municipality of South Bruce Peninsula and Pembroke are all in the preliminary design phase, with contracts going to tender shortly, adds the release. Construction at White Cloud Island is anticipated to begin this summer, with work beginning at the remaining four locations anticipated to begin in the fall of 2019.

“We have listened to the people of Bayfield and the other communities across Ontario where we are investing in their harbours to help local commercial fishing, recreation and tourism industries to support rural economic growth,” said Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and MP for Charlottetown, in a statement.

“We are investing in people, promoting growth and building stronger and safer communities. The work carried out will not only renew and maintain the infrastructure that is essential to the region, but also stimulate job opportunities and development that will benefit fishers, residents and visitors alike, all in support our local communities.”

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 $92 million that will be invested in 2019-20 for repairs, maintenance, construction, and dredging at core commercial fishing harbours across Canada.

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