Saturday, July 04, 2009

More Federal Subsidies to Commercial Industry

Under the guise of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Federal Government is further subsidizing the commercial fishery to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars nationwide. Here in BC, millions of dollars will be spent on wharf and dock improvements. Scroll down for locations and work.

Quoted from the Press release on the DFO National website:

“The commercial fishery is very important to the people of British Columbia and the Government of Canada recognizes the province’s need for a well-functioning network of small craft harbours,” said Minister Moore. “Our government is ensuring that much-needed work is carried out at core fishing harbours, to provide economic benefits to communities throughout British Columbia for years to come.”

Funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program is one of many job-creating investments contained in Canada’s Economic Action Plan. Through this plan, communities throughout Canada will receive $200 million over two years to accelerate harbour repair and maintenance as well as undertake dredging projects. This new investment is in addition to already budgeted funding of approximately $80 million for the Small Craft Harbours Program for this year.

$22.7 million is being provided under Canada’s Economic Action Plan for projects at core commercial fishing harbours in British Columbia over the next two years. This is in addition to $6.3 million in regular program funding this year for the province.

These projects are being undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Small Craft Harbours Program, in close collaboration with the harbour authorities that manage and operate the facilities for local users. This close co-operation with clients allows the federal government to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada, in support of commercial fish harvesters, aquaculturists and coastal communities.

Federal Funding for Small Craft Harbours in British Columbia: Canada’s Economic Action Plan at Work
June 5, 2009

The funding for the Small Craft Harbours Program announced in Canada’s Economic Action Plan includes $22.7 million for projects at small craft harbours in British Columbia. This new investment is in addition to regular program funding for the Small Craft Harbour Program of approximately $6.3 million for the province of British Columbia.
The following projects will be carried out under the program:

Harbour development and repair projects will be carried out at Campbell River, Fanny Bay, French Creek, Ganges, Gibsons, Hospital Bay, Kitkatla, Lund, Port Alberni, Port Clements, Port McNeill, Quathiaski Cove, Saltery Bay, Sointula, Sooke, Steveston, Tsehum Harbour and Ucluelet West. Major projects, including the installation of large scale floating wharves, will also take place at French Creek, Port Hardy and Steveston.

Wharf repairs or improvements are planned for Bamfield West, Campbell River, Comox, Gibsons, Heriot Bay, Ladysmith, Prince Rupert (Rushbrook) and Steveston.

Float repairs are scheduled for French Creek, Powell River South, Prince Rupert (Fairview Bay), Queen Charlotte, Steveston and Ucluelet West.

Dredging work is scheduled for Ladysmith and Steveston.

Breakwater construction and repairs will take place at Bella Coola, Comox, Deep Bay, Ford Cove, Heriot Bay, Kelsey Bay, Ladysmith, Lund, Ocean Falls, Port Alberni, Prince Rupert (Fairview Bay), Prince Rupert (Rushbrook) and Sointula.

Float access construction and repair will be undertaken at French Creek and Steveston. Shore protection repairs will be done at Kelsey Bay and upland improvements, including buildings and service areas, will take place at False Creek (Vancouver), Steveston and Queen Charlotte.

Electrical service improvements will be carried out at Campbell River, Deep Bay, Egmont, Madeira Park, Porpoise Bay, Port Edward, Port Hardy, Prince Rupert (Rushbrook) and Queen Charlotte. Fire protection repairs are slated for Steveston.

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