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Repairing Quebec's fishing harbours
Carleton wharf after the storm.

Carleton wharf after the storm.


The Government of Canada will invest up to $20.3 million to clean up and repair the fishing harbours in Quebec that were damaged by storms in December 2010. This sum will fund cleanup and repair projects in more than 35 harbours.

The December storms wreaked havoc on Quebec's coastal regions and caused unprecedented damage to the fishing harbours that support local fishing and maritime transport industries. Fisheries and Oceans Canada will use these funds to ensure that commercial harvesters can safely access the harbours needed for the 2011 spring fisheries. The most urgent work has already begun, and the projects involving major repairs will be carried out over the next two years.

The scheduled work includes:

  • Cleanup and minor repair work at L'Anse-à-Brillant, Rimouski-Est, Mingan, Cap-aux-Meules, Saint-Anne-des-Monts and Gascons (Ruisseau-Chapados).
  • Wharf repairs at Carleton, Tourelle, Sainte-Luce, Ruisseau Leblanc and Shigawake.
  • Breakwater repairs at Newport-Pointe and Étang-du-Nord and breakwater reconstruction at Pointe-Basse, Mont-Louis Ouest and Rivière-au-Renard.
  • Dredging at Baie-Comeau, Baie Trinité, Rivière-au-Tonnerre, Grande-Entrée, Grosse-Île, Île d’Entrée, Pointe-aux-Loups, Millerand, Pointe-Basse, Cap-Chat, L'Anse-à-Beaufils, Port-Daniel (East), St-Godefroi, Les Méchins, Bonaventure, Gascons (Anse-à-la-Barbe), Ste-Thérèse-de-Gaspé, Shigawake, Gascons (Ruisseau-Chapados), L'Anse-à-Brillant, Rivière-au-Renard (Quai d’Amours) and Tourelle.

Before the storm During the storm
Before the storm During the storm

Over the past few months, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has been working together with local communities, harbour authorities and Public Works and Government Services Canada to assess the damage sustained. This funding will allow the Department to continue on-site assessments and engineering studies, as well as undertake the necessary repair and cleanup projects.

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