OTTAWA, April 5, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport announced that the Government of Canada is committing $51.9 million to extend contracts for one year for interprovincial ferry services in Atlantic Canada and for the disposal of the MV Princess of Acadia.
This allows for continuous ferry services until March 31, 2017, 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 Government of Canada remains committed to working with the provinces and local communities on a long-term approach for these services.
"The Government of Canada is pleased to provide financial support to these communities in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec which rely on trade and tourism for economic prosperity and community development. These ferry services contribute to the regional economy and provide safe and efficient transportation to visitors and residents."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
- The funding, announced as part of Budget 2016, will support operations, maintain and repair ferry assets and dispose of the MV Princess of Acadia, which was taken out of service in July 2015 and replaced by the MV Fundy Rose.
- Since 2010, the Government of Canada has invested approximately $240 million to support these Atlantic Canada ferry services.
- Transport Canada owns four vessels and six ferry facilities in Atlantic Canada that are leased to private operators for a nominal amount.
- Backgrounder: Atlantic Canada Ferry Services
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Atlantic Canada Ferry 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 Fundy Rose which entered into service in July 2015, after replacing the MV Princess of Acadia.
Between 2010 and 2016, the Government of Canada has provided $95.5 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.
Between 2010 and 2016, the Government of Canada has provided $65 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.
Between 2010 and 2016, the Government of Canada has provided $81 million to support this service.
SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information: Delphine Denis, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055