On behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea,Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, the  Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State for Sport and Member of Parliament  for Saanich-Gulf Islands, today announced over $2.8 million in funding, over  the next two years, to undertake needed repairs, maintenance work and  infrastructure upgrades at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney. 
   
     "Our Government recognizes the Institute of Ocean Sciences as crucial to 
 ocean and fisheries science in Canada, and a major contributor to our local 
 economy," said Minister Lunn. "Today, I'm pleased to announce funding that 
 will enhance the efficiency of its operations, and bring economic stimulus to 
 Sidney and British Columbia." 
   
     The Institute of Ocean Sciences is an important link in the Department of 
 Fisheries and Oceans' nationwide chain of major scientific facilities, and the 
 centre for research on the coastal waters of British Columbia, the 
 Northeastern Pacific Ocean, the western Canadian Arctic and navigable fresh 
 waters extending from the West Coast of Canada east to the Alberta border. 
     The Institute also houses the Pacific Geoscience Centre of Natural 
 Resources Canada, the main centre in western Canada for monitoring and 
 research on earthquakes. 
   
     The funding is part of a $250 million commitment in Canada's Economic 
 Action Plan designed to accelerate investment over the next two years to 
 modernize federal facilities across the country. This funding announcement is 
 one of the many job-creating investments being provided under Canada's 
 Economic Action Plan. 
   
     Funding includes $1.1 million in 2009-10 and $1.7 million in 2010-11 for 
 building repairs and upgrades, including updating plumbing and electrical 
 systems and improving insulation and heating systems, to support enhanced 
 efficiency and the continued operation of the Institute of Ocean Sciences.