Yarmouth, N.S.-- The Government of Canada is investing up to $2.5 million for the rehabilitation of the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal and customs annex building.
The announcement follows the transfer of the ferry terminal property to the Town of Yarmouth in support of a new Yarmouth to Maine ferry service, expected to be in operation this May. The funds will allow for the repainting of lines in the marshalling yard; the complete demolition of existing interiors to remove mould and debris and their rebuilding; the installation of new roofs and doors; and an upgrade to the electrical, communications, and heating systems, said Transport Canada.
The Government of Canada "is exploring options for a long-term strategy for Eastern Canada ferry services and is committed to working with the provinces and local communities on a long-term approach for these ferry services."
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has invested approximately $215 million in Eastern Canada ferry services
“Marine infrastructure investments are good for our communities’ quality of life, tourism and economy. Rehabilitation of the ferry terminal, and the transfer to the Town of Yarmouth, supports ferry services in the long-term," said Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova.
“There have been quite a number of milestones on this journey and this is a big one. It's taken an amazing team of committed individuals to get us to this point. Today, a special and heartfelt thank you is extended to our Member of Parliament, Mr. Kerr, for working diligently at getting the funding in place for this phase of the terminal work. It's exciting to see the physical work being done and we are on track for a May start up. Each day, we're one step closer to welcoming our guests and what a day that will be," added Pam Mood, Mayor of Yarmouth.