Steveston harbour to receive federal funding

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 2:52 PDT, Tue August 10, 2021

Last Updated: 11:22 PDT, Mon August 30, 2021

The Steveston small craft harbour is receiving $17 million as part of a federal commitment to the fishing industry.

Federal Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan made the announcement today, emphasizing the importance of small craft harbours and their benefit to local communities.

“Investing in this local harbour helps not just the commercial fishing industry, but Steveston as a whole,” said Sajjan. “Investing in people, promoting inclusive growth, and building stronger communities is a key part of our government’s commitment to helping our neighbourhoods grow from coast to coast to coast. The work carried out will not only renew and maintain infrastructure that is essential to the region, but also stimulate job opportunities that will benefit fish harvesters and support our local communities across British Columbia.”

Sajjan said the funding will go towards repairs, electrical improvements and capital improvements

Jaime Gusto, the general manager at Steveston Harbour Authority, highlighted major projects undertaken locally in the last few years: the ice plant that opened in 2019, Cantrawl nets, Organic Ocean and, most recently, the Ocean Legacy Foundation’s plastic recycling facility.

About 45,000 Canadians are employed in the fishing sector, and in total $50 million is being invested federally over the next two years to help renew 26 small craft harbours. Fisheries and Oceans Canada supports 973 harbours across the country with more than 5,000 volunteers from harbour authorities. 

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