Reconstruction of the boat launching ramp - Paspebiac Fishing Harbour, Gaspe

Built in 1993, the boat launch of Paspebiac is made of prefabricated concrete slabs on a granular foundation. Due to the increase in boat size and draft since its construction, the base of the ramp and the adjacent basin are no longer deep enough to accommodate the boats during medium and low tides, making the ramp unusable daily. The ramp is no longer functional due to a lack of water at the approach to the ramp. 

The reconstruction of the boat launch at the Paspébiac Fishing Harbour should begin by the end of summer 2022 and includes but is not limited to: 
- Partial demolition of riprap protections, existing boat ramp, and recovery of modular slabs and aggregate;
- Dredging to provide safe water depths for ramp access and maneuvering to utilize the new berthing pier;
- The construction of a temporary cofferdam to carry out the work.
- The supply of all-round and granular materials, grading and compaction work for the base of the ramp;
- The supply of prefabricated concrete slabs for the construction of the new launching ramp;
- The construction of a treated wood docking bay and its access sidewalk with recycled plastic abutments and treated wood span, all adjacent to the boat launch;
- The supply of stone for the construction/repair of the riprap protection;
- Electrical work to restore the electrical components affected by the work.

Latest update

December 2, 2022 - Notice of determination for the reconstruction of the boat launching ramp in Paspebiac Fishing Harbour, Gaspe

Transport Canada (TC)  and Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours (DFO-SCH) have issued its Notice of Determination and determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

This determination was based on a consideration of the following factors:

· impacts on rights of Indigenous peoples;

· Indigenous knowledge;

· community knowledge;

· comments received from the public; and

· technically and economically feasible mitigation measures.


The authorities are satisfied that the project is unlikely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. Mitigation measures will be taken for several elements of the environment including: air, water, fish and avian fauna.


Consequently, the project can proceed..



Small Craft Harbours - Quebec Region
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

  • Location

    • Paspebiac Fishing Harbour (Quebec)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours - Quebec Region
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    • Transport Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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Nearby assessments

...within 200 kilometres
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