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Funds for harbour to come from ECBC

Despite the fact Ottawa funded a Halifax dredging project under the Atlantic Gateway initiative, funds for the Sydney harbour dredging will be sourced from money already earmarked for Cape Breton.

Despite the fact Ottawa funded a Halifax dredging project under the Atlantic Gateway initiative, funds for the Sydney harbour dredging will be sourced from money already earmarked for Cape Breton.

Money to dredge the harbour channel will come from Enterprise Cape Breton Corp., a Crown entity devoted to remediating former mine sites and funding economic development initiatives in Cape Breton.

The vast majority of ECBC’s $19-million contribution to the dredging includes “funds transferred as a result of the integration of the former Cape Breton Development Corporation,” said ECBC spokesperson D.A. Landry.

Landry said having the allotment taken from ECBC does not affect its ability to fund other projects or fulfil all of their environmental remediation projects and human resources responsibilities.

In 2009, it was announced federal dollars used for Phase 2 of the south end container terminal infrastructure project in Halifax — which included berth dredging — would come from the federal Building Canada Fund. The Halifax Port Authority, an agent of the Crown, and the federal government jointly invested in the approximately $35-million project.

Cape Breton North MLA Cecil Clarke, who had been pushing for dredging dollars, said because the project was looked at as an economic development project, it was decided the harbour would be dredged with ECBC funds, provided it didn’t impact any of the Crown corporation’s existing commitments.

“It’s all federal treasury dollars and the community is moving forward on its priority as a result of being able to do that,” said Clarke.

 
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