The Government of Canada Invests in the Fishing Harbour of Little Liscombe

Caption: MP Fraser meeting with local fishers in February 2018 to look at the state of the current wharf.

September 6, 2018 Little Liscombe, NS Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

The community of Little Liscombe is welcoming a significant federal investment that will benefit the local economy. Coastal communities across Canada are supported by small craft harbours that provide the commercial fishing industry with safe and accessible facilities. With approximately 44,000 Canadians employed in this sector, the Government of Canada is making investments to renew its network of small craft harbours and work with municipalities and other stakeholders where investments and divestitures can enhance local communities.

Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced that the Government of Canada is making a significant investment in Little Liscomb with the construction of a new crib structure with a reinforced concrete deck and a new electrical system.

In July of 2016, MP Fraser announced a federal investment of over $10.8 million for the repair and maintenance of harbour infrastructure at seven small craft harbours in Central Nova. Specific costs of the Little Liscombe project are not able to be shared before the tendering process is completed, as it could negatively impact the competitive bid process.

Quotes
“I’ve been working with the Harbour Authority of Little Liscombe and DFO for well over a year now and am thrilled to see this vital piece of infrastructure being restored in this community. This wharf has been an integral part of the local economy for generations, and I am so proud to see this investment by the federal government to ensure it continues for many generations more. Additionally, an investment in this small craft harbour not only helps the commercial fishing industry, but the community as a whole. The work carried out will not only renew and maintain the infrastructure that is essential to the region, but also stimulate job opportunities that will benefit fishers and support our local communities.”
– Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova

“Investments that help improve communities are a priority for our Government. When we invest in the community, Canadians and the Canadian economy benefit. Small Craft Harbour investments demonstrate the federal government’s commitment to local economies. We are proud of this investment to support the fishing industry—a key economic sector that helps support coastal communities across the country.
– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Quick Facts
• The Government of Canada is investing $250 million over two years to renew its network of small craft harbours and work with municipalities and other stakeholders to enhance local communities, economies and foster job creation.
• This is in addition to $100 million that will be invested in 2018-19 for repairs, maintenance, construction, and dredging at core commercial fishing harbours across Canada.
• The mandate of the Small Craft Harbours Program is to keep harbours critical to the commercial fishing industry open and in good repair.
• Small craft harbours provide critical support to the commercial fishing industry, which had landings valued at almost $3.4 billion in 2016.
• Fisheries and Oceans Canada supports more than 1000 harbours across Canada with more than 5000 volunteers from harbour authorities.
• Harbour restoration projects are undertaken in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users.

Associated Links
Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Small Craft Harbours Program

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For more information:
Danica Garner
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
613-992-3474
Danica.Garner@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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