Sara Anghel, executive director and vice president of government relations for the National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada joined Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq to announce infrastructure investments for more than $285 million across the Trent-Severn Waterway in Ontario.
“Boating access is a core of what our industry strives to achieve for boaters and our members, and I want to thank the government of Canada for this historic announcement, which does just that,” Anghel said at a press conference on Friday, the NMMA said in a statement.
“Our industry has engaged with the federal government for a number of years to bring to the forefront the importance of recreational boating to Canada’s heritage and economy — particularly for the tourism and hospitality sectors. We thank you for considering our input and for making the important commitment announced here today.”
A release issued by Parks Canada said the investment includes the replacement of the Brighton Road Swing Bridge (in Quinte West), the rehabilitation of Trenton Dam 1 (in Trenton) and the replacement and rehabilitation of several other bridges, dams and locks throughout the Trenton-Severn Waterway.
The investment aims to protect and secure the future of the waterway while creating and protecting job opportunities for Canadians. More than 43 infrastructure projects at the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site will be financed through the investment.
Joining Aglukkaq and Anghel was Rick Norlock, member of Parliament for Northumberland-Quinte West; Daryl Kramp, member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings; and Bruce Stanton, member of Parliament for Simcoe-North.
“On many of these waters there are countless Canadians who share a passion for boating and spend precious hours with friends and family on the water,” Anghel added. “We are honored to represent the recreational marine industry at this historic event.”