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Government of Canada announces a five-year extension of the Ferry Services Contribution Program in Eastern Canada

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August 13, 2021                      Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island                     Transport Canada

For local communities in Eastern Canada, ferry services are an essential component of daily living. From visiting friends and family to getting goods to market, the Government of Canada understands that these services are essential to economic and social activities in the region.

In support of ferry services in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, the Minister of Veterans Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Transport, and the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, the Minister of National Revenue, announced the renewal of the Ferry Services Contribution Program for five years until March 31, 2027.

This renewal means that there will be continued services between:

  • Saint John, New Brunswick and Digby, Nova Scotia, operated by Bay Ferries Ltd (BFL);
  • Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island and Caribou, Nova Scotia, operated by Northumberland Ferries Ltd (NFL);
  • Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec and Souris, Prince Edward Island, operated by CMTA.

This extension ensures that ferry services in Eastern Canada continue to provide essential services to Canadians while supporting the marine sector, creating well-paying jobs, growing the middle class, and building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future in Canada.

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