EASTERN PASSAGE, N.S.—The federal government has announced plans to invest more than a quarter-billion dollars in Canada’s small craft harbours over the next two years.
Designed to assist the commercial fishing industry, the $289 million investment will ensure the more than 1,000 craft harbours under Canadian government oversight remain in good repair.
“We are proud to announce this investment that will help to renew and preserve local harbour infrastructure, and foster local employment opportunities in coastal communities across Canada for years to come,” Hunter Tootoo, Canada’s of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, said at the announcement last week in Eastern Passage, N.S.
The government said the funds will address infrastructure rust-out and benefit the 76,000 Canadians employed in the country’s commercial fishing industry. The government plans to invest $149 million of the overall infrastructure spend in 2016.
A detailed provincial breakdown of the investment is expected to be available shortly.