June 24, 2021
Ottawa, ON – Small craft harbours are the heart of Canada’s coastal communities. With approximately 45,000 Canadians employed in the fishing sector, small craft harbours provide the commercial fishing industry with safe access to our waterways. These harbours create vibrant hubs for community life, recreation and other marine sectors.
Today, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced that an additional $300 million will be invested over two years to repair, renew and replace Canada’s network of small craft harbours. These investments will help make harbours safer, will increase efficiency, and will create jobs from coast to coast to coast. The government has been working with municipalities and stakeholders to identify where investments and divestitures can enhance local communities. Further details on how these investments under Budget 2021-2022 will be allocated across the country will be announced in the coming weeks.
This announcement is in addition to ongoing annual investments the department is making to improve and maintain commercial fishing harbours. These investments support the growth of the commercial fishing industry and provide economic opportunities for coastal and remote Canadians.
Small craft harbours provide critical support to the commercial fishing industry, which had landings valued at approximately $3.7 billion in 2019. Coastal communities across Canada also benefit as these investments help ensure facilities are safe and accessible.