MP Miller welcomes harbour funding

Bruce Grey Owen Sound MP Larry Miller welcomed funding for six harbour projects in the riding on Tuesday.

Miller said he pushed for members to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to tour the region last year to see how vital the harbours are to their communities.

He said the government highlighted projects that are being planned for White Cloud Island, Howdenvale and Dyer’s Bay. The work is still in the design phase and will soon go to tender.

Meaford is receiving $519,000. for repairs completed in March at the breakwater, which was damaged in a storm in 2017. Miller said that funding was originally rejected until he pushed back.

$217,000 will help pay for the reconstruction of the Big Bay Dock which was completed in March.

Lions Head is receiving $419,000 for the rehabilitation of the damaged breakwater that took place in April.

The funding announcement from the Small Craft Harbour program was made in Bayfield on Tuesday.

The $8.3 million announced for harbour infrastructure in Ontario, included $875,000 in Bayfield, in the Municipality of Bluewater.

As part of the $250 million investment in its network of small craft harbours across the country under Budget 2018, Fisheries and Oceans Canada undertook work to replace the South Pier Deck at Bayfield Harbour. CSL Construction completed the work in March 2019.

“We have listened to the people of Bayfield and the other communities across Ontario where we are investing in their harbours to help local commercial fishing, recreation and tourism industries to support rural economic growth. We are investing in people, promoting growth and building stronger and safer communities. The work carried out will not only renew and maintain the infrastructure that is essential to the region, but also stimulate job opportunities and development that will benefit fishers, residents and visitors alike, all in support our local communities,” said Sean Casey, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.