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Government of Canada Invests in New Search and Rescue Boats for the Coast Guard

Canada's Economic Action Plan creates jobs in Montmagny, protects coastal communities

MONTMAGNY, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 03/19/10 -- Bernard Genereux, Member of Parliament for Montmagny-L'Islet-Kamouraska-Riviere-du-Loup, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that UMA (formerly Embarcations 4 Saisons), of Montmagny, Quebec, will build four new ice operations boats for the Canadian Coast Guard. The $148,566 project is being funded through the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"Canada's Economic Action Plan is creating jobs and opportunities across the country," said Mr. Genereux. "Our Government is pleased that its investment in the Coast Guard will create jobs in Montmagny, and improve the safety of our coastal communities."

The new boats are specifically designed for rescue operations on ice as well as open water. They will be 5.2 metres in length, and will replace existing boats that are nearing the end of their service life. Two of the boats will be delivered by the end of the month, and the remaining two boats will be delivered by August 2010.

"The brave men and women of the Canadian Coast Guard conduct search and rescue operations in the most extreme weather and ice conditions," said Mr. Genereux. "The Government of Canada is proud to provide them with the equipment needed to help save lives."

As part of the $175 million provided through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Canadian Coast Guard will procure 98 new small vessels and undertake major repair work on 40 of its aging large vessels. A number of contracts have been awarded as a result of competitive processes, and work is underway across the country.

BACKGROUNDER:

Budget 2009 - Small Boats (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/back-fiche/2009/budget2009e-eng.htm)

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This news release is available online at: www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contacts:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Nelson Kalil
Media Relations
613-990-7537

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Nancy Bishay
Press Secretary
613-992-3474

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