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Harper Government Invests in Ladner Harbour and Steveston (Gulf) Harbour

STEVESTON-GULF, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/03/13 -- The Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Delta-Richmond East, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that the Government of Canada will invest in projects at Ladner Harbour and Steveston (Gulf) Harbour. This is part of a $7.9 million investment in maintenance, repair, construction and dredging projects at small craft harbours across British Columbia.

"Our Government recognizes that small craft harbours play a vital role for the fishing industry and local communities," said Minister Findlay. "The investment announced today demonstrates this Government's commitment to providing safe and functional harbours. It will support local economies, create jobs and benefit commercial fishers and their communities for years to come."

The projects announced today include the installation of a metal trestle at the 3rd Avenue wharf and regular maintenance dredging at Steveston (Gulf) Harbour, and the dredging of the basin at Ladner Harbour.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada undertakes these projects in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users. Close cooperation between the Department and harbour authorities allows the federal government to continue to provide an operable system of harbours and facilities throughout Canada in support of the commercial fishing industry.

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

For broadcast : The Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Delta-Richmond East, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that the Government of Canada will invest in projects at Ladner Harbour and Steveston (Gulf) Harbour.

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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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