Feds spending $8.3 million to update Ontario harbour infrastructure

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Ontario construction News staff writer

The federal government says it will invest $8.3 million in Ontario harbour infrastructure over the next two years, part of a $250 million national allocation.

The Ontario portion includes funding for $875,000 of work in Bayfield in the Municipality of Bluewater.

As well, projects in Port Elgin in the Town of Saugeen Shores, Dyer’s Bay in the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula, White Cloud Island in the Township of Georgian Bluffs, Howdenvale in the Municipality of South Bruce Peninsula and Pembroke are all in the preliminary design phase, with contracts going to tender shortly.

Construction at White Cloud Island is expected to begin this summer, with work beginning at the remaining four locations anticipated to begin in the fall.

“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,” Sean Casey, parliamentary parliamentary secretary to the minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, said in a statement.

“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.”

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