Port Hardy Seine Float and Area Improvement

District of Port Hardy

Sources of Funding
ICET:$1,994,000
DFO - Small Craft Harbours:$3,600,000
Towns for Tomorrow:$400,000
Coast Sustainability Trust:$250,000
Rotary Club of Port Hardy:$30,000
District of Port Hardy:$100,000
Total Budget: $6,374,000
Quick Facts: 

The project was successful in attracting seiners, packers, trawlers, aquaculture vessels and tugs to this site.  It has also cemented Port Hardy as a service site for large commercial vessels.

The Port Hardy area has been identified as one of the “hardest hit” communities in BC, following the BHP Island Copper Mine shutdown in 1996 and the fluctuations in fishing, logging and aquaculture since that time.  Port Hardy is the northernmost port on Vancouver Island and it supports offloading of 40% of all hook and line and trawl offloads in BC.  The regional economy is also strongly supported by tourism, as the BC Ferries gateway to the Central Coast and the abundance of sport fishing, outdoor adventure and ecotourism opportunities. The many harbour user groups all agreed that significant upgrades to the harbour were required to support new tourism, improved productivity for the fishing and aquaculture sectors as well as increased opportunities for marine services and niche tourism businesses.

The Seine Float and area upgrade project consisted of 6 components.  The first component was to expand and upgrade the Seine Floats with drive on capacity and services.  This included the replacement of the network of old wooden floats with four concrete floats with drive on capacity where vessels can moor temporarily and also be serviced. Upland parking lot #13 was expanded to provide short-term parking and access the 55 metre long drive-on access ramp to the floats. The second component was to upgrade the summer t-floats, which serve as an important gathering point for recreational marine traffic.  The project also included upland improvements to improve access to the dock, building necessary amenities such as a wharfinger’s office and public restrooms, improving parking and security, as well as environmental sustainability upgrades and landscaping to make the facility more attractive to visitors.  The project also integrated tourism amenities such as a family friendly fishing park which includes an interpretive educational component.

The wide ranging scope of these upgrades, completed by 2013, has had a measurable impact on the Port Hardy economy.  The new amenities and productivity upgrades have allowed for more commercial vessels to offload in Port Hardy which has had a positive impact on the local fish processing plant and marine service companies (case study of Keltic Seafoods).  The increase in transient recreational vessel moorage has had a positive impact on downtown Port Hardy businesses and the development of new tourism related events and businesses.  In 2012, Port Hardy was one of the only North Island communities to have a positive increase in population, bucking the trend for decreasing population in other rural areas in BC and around the world.  This project, together with other ICET supported investments in the region is proving to have a significant and lasting impact on the community’s economic vitality and quality of life (case study of port hardy area).  

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$236
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$50.5
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2018-19 Annual Report

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