Federal Government to Invest in Meaford Coast Guard Station

April 28, 2015

Federal Government to Invest in Meaford Coast Guard Station

 

Ottawa, ON – Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada will fund work to upgrade the fuel storage tank and hazardous-waste management systems at the Meaford Canadian Coast Guard Station.

 

This upgrade will ensure that Canadian Coast Guard vessels will have ongoing access to fuel to carry out their important missions. The Government’s investment in infrastructure ensures the continued delivery of services to keep Canada’s waters safe and secure.

 

The Meaford Coast Guard Station is a dedicated seasonal search and rescue station and the 16.5 metre Motor Lifeboat CCGS Cape Providence regularly works from this station. Search and rescue taskings per year from Meaford were: 2014 – 24 cases; 2013 – 55 cases; 2012 – 38 cases. Maintenance of the facility and its assets is essential to ensure the continuation of efficient services provided by the Canadian Coast Guard.

 

Minister Shea stated that: “Our Government’s investment in infrastructure will create jobs for Canadians, especially in rural communities, and will support the Canadian Coast Guard’s mandate in protecting mariners. We are proud to provide the hardworking men and women of the Canadian Coast Guard with updated facilities that are essential to their work.”

 

This announcement comes as part of the Government’s initiatives to support infrastructure across the country. Last fall, it was announced that an investment of $5.8 billion over the next 2 years would be invested in infrastructure in areas such as heritage, First Nations education, defence, borders, research facilities, harbours, transportation, and search and rescue. As part of this funding, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard will receive a total of $551.1 million.

 

“I am very pleased to see that the Government will be investing in important work at the Meaford Canadian Coast Guard Station to ensure the continued delivery of excellent services by the Canadian Coast Guard,” said Miller. “The Meaford facility enables the Canadian Coast Guard to better protect mariners and our waters. This project will also provide local employment opportunities that will benefit the community of Meaford and the local economy.”

Meaford Mayor Barb Clumpus added that: “Housing the coast guard at our Municipality of Meaford Harbour has been a long standing partnership with the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and we are delighted that they are taking this step to protect our harbour environment. A plan to develop the waterfront has been approved by Council, and maintaining a healthy, vibrant location is important to this economic and community development opportunity.”

 

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