Harper Government Invests in Thornbury Harbour

Minister Leitch announces improvements at recreational harbour in the Town of The Blue Mountains

March 27, 2015 – Thornbury, Ontario

The Honourable Dr. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister for the Status of Women and Member of Parliament for Simcoe-Grey, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada will invest in improvements at Thornbury Harbour that will benefit local users. 

The project will consist of the replacement of floating wharves and finger piers. These improvements will ensure recreational boaters who use the facility continue to have a place to safely dock. The work, which will begin shortly, will be funded in partnership with the Town of The Blue Mountains.

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided an unprecedented level of funding to support investments in public infrastructure across the country. Last fall, Prime Minister Harper announced an additional investment of $5.8 billion over the next two years to build and renew infrastructure across the country to support Canadian heritage, First Nations education, defence, borders, research, small craft harbours, transportation and search and rescue. As part of this funding, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard will receive a total of approximately $551 million.

Quick Facts

  • Thornbury Harbour is a recreational facility on the south shore of Lake Huron that can accommodate up to 250 vessels.
  • The Harper Government will invest in approximately 10 major harbour improvement projects in Ontario over the next two years.
  • The Government of Canada supports more than 1000 small craft harbours across Canada. Harbour improvement projects are undertaken in cooperation with the local harbour authorities that manage and operate facilities for local users.
  • Small craft harbours support the commercial fishing industry. Nearly 90 percent of all commercial fish harvesters in Canada use small craft harbour facilities, and their annual production represents approximately $1.6 billion.


“Since 2006, our Government has continuously made major investments that create opportunities for Canadians and encourage the prosperity of Ontario. We are proud to continue to bolster the local Blue Mountains economy by supporting the Thornbury Harbour. As always, we will continue to ensure safe and efficient conditions for all harbor users.”

The Honourable Dr. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Status of Women, and Member of Parliament for Simcoe-Grey

“The Blue Mountains has worked with The Department of Fisheries and Oceans on enhancement projects throughout the Thornbury Harbour. We appreciate their involvement in helping us maintain the harbour infrastructure allowing us to remain one of the top Georgian Bay boating destinations.” 

John McKean, Mayor, Town of The Blue Mountains

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Frank Stanek
Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Sophie Doucet
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada


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