Investment to extend Eastern Canada Ferry Services until 2016

Enhancing the lives and livelihoods of Canadians in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec

OTTAWA, July 16, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport today announced that the Government of Canada is investing $58 million over two years to support interprovincial ferry services in Eastern Canada. This investment will allow for continued ferry services between Saint John, NB, and Digby, NS; between Wood Islands, PEI and Caribou, NS; and between Iles-de-la-Madeleine, QC and Souris, PEI, until March 31, 2016.

The funding, announced as part of Economic Action Plan 2014, will be used to support operations and to maintain and repair ferry assets.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2006, the Government of Canada has invested approximately $246 million in support of these Eastern Canada ferry services.
  • Transport Canada owns four vessels and six ferry facilities that are leased to private operators for a nominal amount.

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"Our government understands the importance of these ferry services to the economic sustainability of Eastern Canada. This investment will enhance the safety and efficiency of the services while greatly benefitting the transport, trade and tourism industries in the region."

The Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Minister of Transport

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Backgrounder

Investment to extend Eastern Canada Ferry Services until 2016

Enhancing the lives and livelihoods of Canadians in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec

The Government of Canada is investing $58 million over two years to support interprovincial ferry services in Eastern Canada. This investment will allow for continued ferry services between Saint John, NB, and Digby, NS; between Wood Islands, PEI and Caribou, NS; and between Iles-de-la-Madeleine, QC and Souris, PEI.

The funding will be used to support ferry operations and maintain ferry assets for the continued safe operation of these services until March 31, 2016. 

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has invested approximately $246 million in support of the three Eastern Canada ferry services.

The Government of Canada remains committed to working with the provinces and local communities on a long-term approach for these services.

 

Saint John, NB/Digby, NS ferry service

This ferry service is operated year-round by Bay Ferries Ltd. (BFL). The service is being provided using the Transport Canada-owned MV Princess of Acadia.

On June 24, 2013, the Government of Canada announced its intention to replace the MV Princess of Acadia. The vessel procurement process is currently underway. This involves identifying and assessing the suitability of candidate vessels from all over the world, including Canada. This work is ongoing and a replacement vessel is expected to be introduced into service in 2015.

Since 2006, the federal government has provided $38 million to support this service.

 

Wood Islands, PEI/Caribou, NS ferry service

The service is operated by Northumberland Ferries Ltd. (NFL), for eight months of the year (May to December) and uses two of Transport Canada's vessels — the MV Holiday Island and the MV Confederation.

Since 2006, the federal government has provided $97 million to support this service.

 

Îles-de-la-Madeleine, QC/Souris, PEI ferry service

The service is operated by C.T.M.A. Traversier Ltée. (CTMA) using the Transport Canada-owned MV Madeleine.

Since 2006, the federal government has provided $111 million to support this service. This amount includes $14.6 million contributed since 2008, to extend the service to the winter months, thus providing a year-round service between Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, and Souris, Prince Edward Island.

 

July 2014

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SOURCE Transport Canada

For further information: Jana Régimbal, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055