Comox Small Craft Harbour Revitalization

Comox Valley Harbour Authority

Sources of Funding
ICET:$400,000
DFO - Small Craft Harbours:$1,240,000
WestCCAP:$250,000
Comox Valley Harbour Authority:$50,000
Total Budget: $1,940,000
Quick Facts: 

Despite record setting inclement weather in the revitalized Harbour's inaugural summer season, the number of visiting vessels increased alongside overall tourism revenues.

-CVHA Report

Marine tourism has been rapidly increasing in the region in recent years.  But aging harbour infrastructure and a lack of new moorage spaces had been slowing potential tourism growth in this sector.  Home to a large commercial fishing fleet and a desirable destination for recreational boaters, demand for moorage in the Comox Harbour had exceeded available space. To accommodate new transient moorage and protect the Harbour more effectively during storms, the old breakwater needed upgrading.

To address these space and safety concerns, the Comox Harbour Revitalization Project increased moorage space on the east side of the Comox Small Craft Harbour with 550 linear feet of floats and built 320 feet of floating breakwater. Addional infrastructure, including ramps, electrical upgrades and fire safety infrastructure, were also installed.

Thanks to these improvements, completed in August 2012, marine tourism in the Comox Harbour has space to grow.  Boaters traveling along the east coast of Vancouver Island can find a safe haven in the welcoming Comox Harbour, as they explore the Gulf Islands and the beauty of the Georgia Strait.  Early results indicate positive impacts, with the new transient moorage spaces filled almost to capacity and an increase in the length of Harbour stays. This indicates that visitors are stepping off their vessels, which benefits the local economy.

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

2,750
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$246
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$52.3
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$55.2
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

230
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

210
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

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

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2020-2021
ANNUAL REPORT

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