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Infrastructure Canada

September 08, 2009 14:30 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Supports Nanaimo Cruise Ship Terminal

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2009) - Dr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Alberni, along with Ron Cantelon, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum, today announced that residents of Nanaimo will benefit from a new cruise ship terminal facility. The $22 million project will be funded by the federal and provincial governments, which will each contribute $8.5 million under Canada's Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, with the remaining $5 million to be provided by the Nanaimo Port Authority.

"The construction of the Nanaimo cruise ship terminal will have a positive, lasting impact on the city of Nanaimo's economy, while putting people to work during these tough economic times," said MP Lunney. "This project is another example of what our Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is doing to stimulate the economy and create jobs - for both the short term and the long term."

"There is enormous potential in the Nanaimo port and this funding will help ensure a vibrant tourism industry continues to exist on the Central Island," said MLA Cantelon. "Especially important in these challenging economic times, this project will generate job growth for local residents and increase the number of visitors we have to our region."

The new facility will allow cruise vessels to berth directly in the Nanaimo Assembly Wharf area, eliminating the need to shuttle passengers to and from the harbour area by boat. This project will help promote tourism and contribute to economic activity within the city.

Canada and British Columbia are working together to create jobs and boost the economy, while making significant investments that help communities improve their infrastructure. Both governments have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently to municipalities in British Columbia.

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Infrastructure investment stimulates economic growth, creates jobs, supports stronger communities and enhances the overall prosperity of British Columbians.

The Government of Canada is providing a total of $8.5 million under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund for the development of a cruise ship terminal in Nanaimo, British Columbia. The Province of British Columbia and the Island Economic Trust will together provide $8.5 million, and the Nanaimo Port Authority will provide $5 million. The total estimated cost of the project is $22 million.

The new facility will allow cruise vessels to berth directly in the Nanaimo Assembly Wharf area, eliminating the need to shuttle passengers to and from the harbour area by boat. Construction is expected to begin in January 2010, and is estimated to be completed by December 2010.

Beyond this announcement, the Government of Canada is taking important steps to support economic growth. Canada's Economic Action Plan ( announced in Budget 2009, is a balanced stimulus plan that includes massive investments in infrastructure, tax relief and transfers. This plan will provide close to $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years, which will address needs in communities across Canada, as well as contributing to long-term economic growth through investments in public infrastructure, such as roads, water treatment, green energy and transit.

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government has established a new $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund that provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects. Funding will be available for two years for projects that will begin during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons. This initiative is structured to flow funding and get shovels in the ground quickly.

To date, Canada has already committed over $137 million under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund for key infrastructure projects across British Columbia, including enhancements to Marine Drive and the Capilano River "blue bridge."

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    Infrastructure Canada
    Government Caucus of British Columbia
    Stacie Dley
    Communications Officer