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Harper Government Invests in Projects at Small Craft Harbours in Manitoba

Member of Parliament James Bezan announces that the Government of Canada will invest $200,000 in three Manitoba harbours

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 01/24/14 -- James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that the Government of Canada will invest $200,000 in projects at small craft harbours in Manitoba in 2013-14.

The funding announced today is supporting redredging at the Arnes, Hnausa and Winnipeg Beach harbours. This work will help ensure that these harbours are in safe and functional condition.

This funding is in addition to the $3.2 million announced on September 3, 2013 for projects at small craft harbours in Manitoba, which included 6 major harbour projects.

Quick Facts

- The work announced today is in addition to a $63 million investment, announced on September 3, 2013, to support over 100 major repair, construction, maintenance and dredging projects and a large number of minor repair and redredging projects to be carried out at small craft harbours across Canada this year.

- Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Small Craft Harbours Program is a nationwide program mandated to keep the harbours that are critical to the fishing industry open and in good repair.

- The Small Craft Harbours Program is responsible for over 1000 small craft harbours across Canada.

- Fisheries and Oceans Canada undertakes projects at harbours in cooperation with the local Harbour Authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users.

Quotes

"Our Government is investing in small craft harbour projects to ensure that harbours are in adequate condition to benefit local communities and economies," said MP Bezan. "These additional funds will support required work at three core fishing harbours in Manitoba".

"Small craft harbours must be in good working order to benefit fishermen and communities in Manitoba", said Minister Shea. "That is why our Government is making an additional investment in these harbours to ensure that they are safe and efficient."

Associated Links

Backgrounder on Small Craft Harbours Funding: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/back-fiche/2013/hq-ac44a-eng.htm

News Release on Small Craft Harbours Funding for Manitoba in 2013: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/npress-communique/2013/hq-ac43-eng.htm

On Small Craft Harbours: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sch-ppb/aboutsch-aproposppb-eng.asp

Internet: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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Contacts:
Frank Stanek
Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
613-990-7537

Sophie Doucet
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
613-992-3474

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