Harbours get Fed funding

Two local harbour projects will receive federal funding

The feds are about to inject some cash into a pair of major North Island projects.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Small Craft Harbours Program will undertake necessary dredging, and major repair and maintenance projects at approximately 135 fishing harbours across Canada as well as minor projects at many other harbours.

For the North Island, that means cash for two local harbour projects – the floating wharf project at Port McNeill and completion of construction of the rock breakwater at Sointula.

The money was announced Tuesday by the North Island’s own MP, John Duncan, on behalf of the Keith Ashfield, minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

“Today the Government is sending a clear message that it understands the great value small craft harbours bring to our communities,” said Duncan.

“These projects will provide the repairs needed today, so that our communities can benefit tomorrow.”

Added Ashfield: “We are pleased to fund the repair and maintenance work that will ensure small craft harbours are open, safe and in good repair for the fishers who rely on them.”