Minister Shea and Member of Parliament Miller Announce Work at Lion’s Head Harbour

August 23, 2013

For Immediate Release

August 23rd, 2013

Minister Shea and Member of Parliament Miller Announce Work at Lion’s Head Harbour

Lion’s Head, Ontario – The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, joined by Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, today announced that the Government of Canada will invest in a repair project at the Lion’s Head small craft harbour.

“Our Government recognizes that safe infrastructure is vital to the economic well-being of many communities across the country,” said Minister Shea. “The investment announced today demonstrates our Government’s commitment to supporting local economies.”

The repair project at Lion’s Head is being carried out in partnership with the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula, which is making a financial contribution for the work.

“Investing in repairs at the Lion’s Head small craft harbour in the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula will address safety concerns at this facility,” said MP Miller. “Our Government is making investments to ensure our harbours are in satisfactory operating condition for local sport fishers and all other harbour users.”

This year, Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Small Craft Harbours Program is undertaking repair and maintenance work at small craft harbours across Canada through an investment of approximately $63 million. This investment will fund over 100 major repair, construction, maintenance and dredging projects. In addition, the investment will enable a large number of minor repair and redredging projects to be carried out throughout the country.

In recent years, the Harper Government has made significant investments in small craft harbours. In 2007, the Small Craft Harbours Program’s annual budget was increased by $20 million a year. In Budget 2009, under Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the federal government provided $200 million over two years to accelerate maintenance and repairs and carry out dredging at small craft harbours across the country. In 2011, the federal government made an additional investment of $71.6 million over three years to repair and clean up harbours damaged as a result of several extreme weather events in late 2010.

These investments in small craft harbours help ensure that harbour facilities meet the needs of commercial fishers. They help create jobs and contribute to economic growth in Canada’s communities.