08/09/2013 01:52 EDT | Updated 10/09/2013 05:12 EDT

Ottawa to spend $62.8 million to improve fishing harbours across Canada

MIRAMICHI, N.B. - Ottawa plans to spend $62.8 million for construction and repair work at fishing harbours across Canada.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the funding in Miramichi, N.B., today, where he said the money this year would go to more than 100 projects that include maintenance and dredging.

Harper says the funding will help support the livelihoods of commercial fishermen.

Each province is set to receive the money, which is intended to cover a range of work including electrical upgrades, float installations and wharf reconstruction.