Peter MacKay announces $60M for Nova Scotia harbour improvements

Nova Scotia MP and federal cabinet minister Peter MacKay announced $60 million will be spent on 48 harbour improvements over the next two years in the province.

48 harbours getting fixed; first 17 revealed

Federal funds will go towards completing the construction of a breakwater that was started last year at the Caribou Ferry. (Handout)

Nova Scotia MP and federal cabinet minister Peter MacKay announced $60 million will be spent on 48 harbour improvements over the next two years in the province.

A news release issued Friday provides details on 17 of the 48 projects. That portion will cost approximately $20 million and includes harbours in Pictou, Kings County, Guysborough County and across Cape Breton.

The federal government said upgrades "will provide a safer and more efficient working environment for harbour users and local fishermen."

The improvements include:

  • Bay St. Lawrence: Construction of new steel sheet pilings to replace the deteriorated training wall on the east side of the harbour.
  • Big Bras d'Or: Replacing a deteriorated timber deck.
  • Canso: Constructing an extension to the wharf.
  • Caribou Ferry: Completing the construction of a breakwater that was started last year.
  • Chéticamp (La Digue): Completing the construction of a breakwater that was started last year and repairing a slipway.
  • Dingwall: Dredging the channel and basin.
  • Little Dover: Replacing a deteriorated wharf with a new one.
  • Finlay Point: Replacing a deteriorated wharf with a new one.
  • Glace Bay: Replacing a deteriorated wharf with a new one.
  • Grand Étang: Dredging the basin.
  • Halls Harbour: Replacing a deteriorated wharf with a new one.
  • Judique (Baxter's Cove): Dredging of the basin and channel.
  • Larry's River: Reconstruction of the outer section of a wharf.
  • Little Harbour (L'Ardoise): Dredging of the basin and channel.
  • Little River (Victoria County): Replacing a deteriorated wharf with a new one.
  • Murphy's Pond: Replacing the existing breakwater, dredging the basin and installing floating wharves.
  • Petit-de-Grat: Dredging the channel and basin.

There are no costs projections for individual projects, likely because tenders have not been issued for the work.

See photos of the projects here.

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