Fund­ing an­nounced for Yar­mouth ferry ter­mi­nal

More than $9.7 mil­lion in govern­ment funds to go to phase-one re­de­vel­op­ment of Yar­mouth fa­cil­ity

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The three lev­els of govern­ment are con­tribut­ing more than $9.7 mil­lion in joint fund­ing to­wards the phase-one re­de­vel­op­ment of the Yar­mouth In­ter­na­tional Ferry Ter­mi­nal.

The fed­eral and Nova Sco­tia gov­ern­ments are both con­tribut­ing up to $3 mil­lion through the Small Com­mu­ni­ties Fund. The Town of Yar­mouth, the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Yar­mouth and Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Ar­gyle will con­trib­ute the re­main­der of project fund­ing.

Work in­cludes up­grad­ing and re­lo­cat­ing pas­sen­ger in­spec­tion line booths, re­plac­ing the pon­toon and trans­fer bridge and im­prov­ing over­all ter­mi­nal fa­cil­i­ties such as ex­ter­nal light­ing and pas­sen­ger wait­ing ar­eas.

The of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment was sched­uled to be made Tues­day morn­ing, Sept. 4, at the ferry ter­mi­nal.

“The govern­ment of Canada un­der­stands that strate­gic in­vest­ments in in­fra­struc­ture are cru­cial to in­creas­ing tourism and driv­ing eco­nomic growth,” said West Nova MP Colin Fraser. “These es­sen­tial up­grades to the Yar­mouth In­ter­na­tional Ferry Ter­mi­nal will po­si­tion Nova Sco- tia as a more wel­com­ing and ac­ces­si­ble des­ti­na­tion for tourists, while help­ing lo­cal busi­nesses to cre­ate jobs, grow and pros­per.”

Fraser an­nounced the fed­eral por­tion of the fund­ing on be­half of François-Philippe Cham­pagne, min­is­ter of In­fra­struc­ture and Com­mu­ni­ties.

Also slated to be on hand for the fund­ing an­nounce­ment were Zach Churchill, Yar­mouth MLA and Nova Sco­tia’s min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion and early child­hood de­vel­op­ment, as well as Yar­mouth Mayor Pam Mood, Yar­mouth War­den Le­land An­thony and Ar­gyle War­den Richard Don­ald­son.

A me­dia re­lease about the fund­ing said the fed­eral and Nova Sco­tia gov­ern­ments “rec­og­nize that strate­gic in­vest­ments in pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture—in­clud­ing fund­ing for cul­ture and tourism projects—play a key role in sup­port­ing dy­namic com­mu­ni­ties while cre­at­ing good jobs that help grow the mid­dle class and Cana­dian busi­nesses.”

Once com­plete, the re­lease said, “the re­de­vel­oped ferry ter­mi­nal will es­tab­lish the port of Yar­mouth as an in­ter­na­tional tourist des­ti­na­tion, im­prove vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence and pro­vide new eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­nesses in the area and across south­ern Nova Sco­tia.”

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