Cowichan Bay Harbour Expansion and Upgrade

Cowichan Bay Fishermen's Wharf Association

Sources of Funding
ICET:$187,000
WestCCAP:$210,360
DFO - Small Craft Harbours:$305,000
Human Resources Canada:$284,716
Community Fisheries Development Centre:$10,000
Cowichan Bay Fisherman's Wharf Association:$80,000
Total Budget: $1,077,076
Quick Facts: 

The increased moorage space has resulted in the expansion of the annual Prawn Festival and an increase in fish sales to the public.

Historically, Cowichan Bay has been highly dependent upon the fishing and forestry sectors for local employment and economic growth.  The dramatic downturn of the salmon fishery in the late 1990’s had a devastating effect on employment in the community and led to the current economic diversification strategy targeting tourism. Marine tourism has been steadily increasing in BC, and the Cowichan Harbour had exceeded its capacity to meet demand for transient recreational vessels.

The project included an upgrade of existing floats and the construction of  new floats to increase moorage for both commercial and recreational vessels. The project also included structural upgrades to the existing wharf head, the construction and installation of two new 115 ft. x 9 ft. float fingers, and electrical upgrades.

Completed in September 2010, the resulting 840 feet of tie up space for transient visitors and new deep water moorage for larger recreational vessels has significantly increased the number of visitor nights to the region resulting in increased economic activity for local business. The increased moorage space has also resulted in the expansion of the annual Prawn Festival, an increase in direct fish sales to the public and the new signage has attracted more foot traffic to the facility adding to the unique attractions of Cowichan Bay.

 

 

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

2,600
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$230
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$49.1
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$50.9
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

185
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

150
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

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

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2017-18 Annual Report

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