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MP Jati Sidhu and Minister Carla Qualtrough announce $2.6M for Fraser River restoration
June 8, 2018 – Sea Island, British Columbia
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Member of Parliament for Delta and Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Jati Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Mission – Matsqui Fraser –Canyon, today announced today that the Raincoast Conservation Foundation will receive $2,658,217 over five years for a project to help restore coastal habitats in the Fraser River Estuary of British Columbia.
The Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s estuary connectivity project will improve connectivity and natural processes on the banks of the Fraser River Estuary for the benefit of juvenile chinook, pink and chum salmon, as well as other fish species, and the species which rely on them. The work will involve the collaborative efforts of many people working and living on the lower Fraser River.
“This is fantastic news for British Columbia, and very much so for the people in Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon—all of whom enjoy the Fraser River and many of whom depend on it. Our investment to restore coastal habitats in the Fraser River Estuary will not only benefit salmon but also the species which rely on them.”
In May 2017, the Government of Canada announced the $75 million Coastal Restoration Fund to help rehabilitate some of our most vulnerable coastlines and protect marine life and ecosystems. The Coastal Restoration Fund, under the responsibility of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, supports projects that contribute to coastal restoration on all of Canada’s coasts, with preference given to projects that are multiyear and involve a broad number of partners, including Indigenous groups.
The Coastal Restoration Fund is part of the $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan ─ the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways. In collaboration with Indigenous peoples, local stakeholders and coastal communities, the Government of Canada is creating a world-leading marine safety system that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while protecting our coasts and waterways for generations to come.