The town of Goderich is approving an agreement with the province to get work underway on the harbour expansion.
Mayor Deb Shewfelt says it will likely be next year before any construction gets underway on phase one.
He says all aspects of the project like the piers, breakwalls and improvements on North Harbour Road still need to go out to tender.
But one major roadblock is out of the way as the environmental assessment for phase one has already been completed.
Shewfelt says another EA will have to be done for the second phase and that will probably take about about a year to complete.
The province is footing most of the bill for the 15.7 million dollar project, with the Goderich Port Management Corporation taking on the remainder.
Shewfelt says no municipal tax dollars are being used to pay for the project, which will see 15 acres of land added to the harbour.