Port Of Old Harry Renovation Study

QUEBEC Â- Georges Farrah, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Herb Dhaliwal, today announced the government of CanadaÂ’s decision to award $50,000 to the Port of Old Harry Development Committee for a socioeconomic feasibility study to analyse various future harbour use alternatives for this English-speaking locality in the Magdalen Islands.

Mr. Farrah noted that “this project, which clearly demonstrates the federal governmentÂ’s interest in the socioeconomic development of the Magdalen Islands, will enable the community to make enlightened decisions on the future of the Old Harry harbour facilities.”

The Old Harry wharf is no longer among the harbour facilities to be maintained in the long term by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. As part of its policy to rationalize its network of fishing harbours, the Department has decided to divest itself of this wharf and, together with the Committee, is looking at various alternatives for the future of its local harbour facilities.

According to Minister Dhaliwal, “this feasibility study clearly reflects the federal governmentÂ’s commitment to the development of official language minority communities pursuant to the Official Languages Act. It will enable the English-speaking minority community in the Magdalen Islands to preserve part of its heritage, while promoting within a broader context the cultural vitality of CanadaÂ’s linguistic minorities.”

This project will be funded through the Interdepartmental Partnership with Official Language Communities (IPOLC) initiative managed by the Department of Canadian Heritage. The project funds will be provided by Fisheries and Oceans Canada ($35,000), the Department of Canadian Heritage ($10,000) and Canada Economic Development ($5,000).

The Port of Old Harry Development Committee was established to promote the socioeconomic development of the village of Old Harry and of the Magdalen IslandsÂ’ English-speaking minority community, and to preserve the historic premises and facilities associated with this segment of the Magdalen Islands population.

With an annual budget of $5.5 million over five years, the Interdepartmental Partnership with Official Language Communities is a Department of Canadian Heritage initiative. Its mission is to encourage the development and promote the vitality of CanadaÂ’s French- and English-speaking official language minority communities.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Gervais Bouchard
Regional Director
Small Craft Harbours and Real Property Services
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec Region
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 648-6569
Michel Plamondon
Communications Officer
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec Region
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 648-5419