January 21, 2010 16:25 ET

Government of Canada Extends Magdalen Islands Ferry Service

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 21, 2010) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Megantic-L'Erable, today announced an investment of up to $2.174 million for the short-term extension of the ferry service between the Magdalen Islands and Souris during February and March 2010 to two round-trip crossings per week.

"The Government of Canada understands that this ferry service is important for the people of the Magdalen Islands," said Minister Paradis. "The extended service will facilitate increased travel and trade."

In December 2008, Transport Canada launched a pilot project to extend the ferry service for February and March 2009 by using the operator's ice-class vessel, the CTMA Vacancier, as Transport Canada's vessel is unable to navigate in heavy ice conditions.

Today's announcement marks the latest in a number of investments the Government of Canada has made in the past few years in the ferry service, which included new terminal buildings at Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec, and Souris, Prince Edward Island, at a cost of $2.3 million. Major upgrades have also been undertaken to the ferry vessel and facilities totalling approximately $20 million.

CTMA Traversier Ltd. has operated the ferry between the Magdalen Islands and Prince Edward Island since 1971, in accordance with criteria set by Transport Canada. The marine terminals and the
MV Madeleine belong to Transport Canada and are made available to the operator under a contribution agreement. Service has historically been provided 10 months a year, during the ice-free season from early April to late January.

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Contact Information

  • James Kusie
    Office of Canada's Transport Minister John Baird, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    Transport Canada, Ottawa