Executive Council
Transportation and Works
March 27, 2017

Multi-Year Marine Infrastructure Plan Commits $28 Million for Priority Projects

Today, as part of Budget 2017 the Provincial Government released The Way Forward: A Five-Year Provincial Marine Infrastructure Plan which will provide better services at ferry ports across the province. Supported through a $28 million investment, the plan outlines upgrades and enhancements to ferry terminal areas such as parking, waiting facilities and washrooms, and wharf rehabilitation.

The plan takes a long-term, comprehensive approach to identify and complete projects, with the goal of improving the travelling experience for both residents and tourists.

This is the first plan for marine infrastructure for the provincial ferry service. Long-term planning provides:

  • Greater accountability and transparency to the public about how public funds are being spent.
  • Balances fiscal responsibility with the need to address marine infrastructure priorities.
  • Ensures improved value for money by taking advantage of early tendering and competitive pricing which allows funding to go further; and
  • Provides flexibility to address emerging needs and priorities.

Projects have been identified for all services for the 2017-18 fiscal year with a total funding allocation of $8 million.

"Investments in marine infrastructure help ensure a critical connection in the overall transportation system and support residents and communities, stimulate business and tourism, and create jobs for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Ultimately, the goal is to improve services at ferry terminals for both residents and visitors to our province."
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

"I would like to thank the Transportation and Ferry User Committees, as well as the Advisory Committee on Labrador Transportation for their input to identify priority needs in their areas. The projects were also selected based on engineering assessments conducted by Department of Transportation and Works staff. Each year, the plan will be updated to reflect emerging priorities with a complete list of projects for the current fiscal year."
Honourable Al Hawkins
Minister of Transportation and Works

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Learn more
The Way Forward: A Five-Year Provincial Marine Infrastructure Plan PDF Icon
The Way Forward: A Multi-Year Plan for Infrastructure Investments PDF Icon
The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador PDF Icon .

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2017 03 27                              10:30 a.m.