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NMMA Canada supports investment in Ontario waterway

The investment aims to protect and secure the future of the waterway while creating and protecting job opportunities for Canadians.

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.”

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