Stakeholders gather for Hay River Harbour Restoration Workshop

Hay River (April 13, 2016) – A workshop to develop a long-term strategy for the dredging of the Hay River Harbour was held this week in Hay River.

Key stakeholders including several federal government agencies and private sector companies met in Hay River on April 12 and 13 to discuss an efficient and effective strategy to meet the challenges posed by continuous sediment accumulation in the Hay River Harbor.

A recently released report of the Canada Transportation Act Review recognized the vital importance of the harbour by recommending federal funding to support dredging.  At the meeting stakeholders advanced efforts to restore safe access to the harbour and continued to support their case with the Government of Canada.

Restoration and maintenance of the Hay River Harbour is essential for marine resupply up and down the Mackenzie River, leading to reduced cost of living, economic growth, and resource development.  Discussions which took place during the workshop included implementation timeframe, funding requirements, as well as roles and responsibilities in future operations.

The Department of Transportation hopes to continue to support the Government of Canada, as it works hand in hand with communities, Aboriginal governments and marine operators to ensure the ongoing safety and viability of the Mackenzie River and the Western Arctic Corridor.


“This workshop has been an excellent opportunity for all of us to work together as partners, to talk about our roles in supporting this important transportation hub, and to discuss our vision and initiate work towards the development of a long-term operations and maintenance plan for the Hay River Harbour.”
- Wally Schumann, Minister of Transportation

Quick Facts

  • 12 communities in the NWT depend on marine carriers for resupply cargo and 4 communities rely exclusively on air and marine delivery.
  • Mackenzie and Liard Rivers average 160,000 tonnes of cargo per year.
  • 2016-17 Federal Budget indicated $149 million in investments to revitalize small craft harbours across the country.

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