Provincial government invests in ferry service

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The provincial government is investing $2 million to ensure the continued operation of the Saint John-Digby ferry service for another two years. From left: Premier David Alward, federal Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt and Nova Scotia MLA for Clare-Digby Gordon Wilson.

The provincial government is investing $2 million to ensure the continued operation of the Saint John-Digby ferry service for another two years.

"Investing in key cargo and transportation links like the ferry between Saint John and Nova Scotia is an important foundation of our plan for creating jobs and making life better in our communities," said Premier David Alward last week. “This partnership will support this safe, reliable service and provide access to Atlantic Canada and U.S. markets.”

The funding - $1 million per year for two years – will be used to assist Bay Ferries Ltd. operate and maintain the service. The investment is contingent on an agreement with the Nova Scotia provincial government, including an equal investment over the same period of time.

“On behalf of our customers, our employees and our company we wish to thank the provincial government for its continued investment in this essential ferry service,” said Bay Ferries president and CEO Mark MacDonald.

Earlier this month, the federal government announced an investment of $58 million over two years to support interprovincial ferry services in Eastern Canada, including the Saint John-Digby service.

Organizations: Bay Ferries Ltd.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Saint John, Atlantic Canada U.S. Eastern Canada

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