Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
This edition is jam-packed with interesting content. CN offers their perspective on the important economic role our sector plays and you will also be treated to the unique story of the Victoria Harbour Ferry. We also start to tap into some interesting technological advancements from guest contributors along with publishing our popular Members’ Directory and some conference updates.
Monday, April 3rd, 2017
Ottawa (Ontario) – Le 31 mars 2017 – L’Association canadienne des traversiers (ACT) se réjouit de l’annonce du gouvernement fédéral concernant l’octroi de sommes importantes en vertu du Nouveau Fonds Chantiers Canada dans le but d’améliorer et d’accroître les services de traversier en Colombie-Britannique. Le financement a été accordé à BC Ferries pour trois projets distincts.
« Les traversiers constituent une partie importante de l’infrastructure du Canada et l’Association canadienne des traversiers (ACT) a travaillé fort pour préconiser l’accès du secteur au Nouveau Fonds Chantiers Canada, a déclaré Serge Buy, chef de la direction de l’ACT. Nous remercions le gouvernement fédéral de reconnaître le rôle que les traversiers jouent au Canada grâce à l’annonce d’aujourd’hui en Colombie-Britannique et nous espérons que d’autres propriétaires et exploitants de traversiers du pays demanderont et pourront recevoir du soutien en vue de faire des investissements essentiels dont profiteront les passagers et les collectivités desservis par les traversiers. »
L’honorable Amarjeet Sohi, ministre de l’Infrastucture et des Collectivités, a modifié les critères d’admissibilité au Nouveau Fonds Chantiers Canada en 2016 afin que les projets relatifs aux traversiers de passagers puissent être admissibles. À l’origine, les critères d’admissibilité au programme de financement, établi en 2014, excluaient la plupart des projets liés aux traversiers.
Une fois menés à terme, les projets annoncés aujourd’hui accroîtront la sécurité, permettront aux passagers et aux véhicules de monter à bord et de redescendre plus rapidement et facilement et favoriseront l’activité touristique – des aspects qui auront des effets réels sur les collectivités côtières de la Colombie-Britannique pendant les décennies à venir.
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Association canadienne des traversiers
Friday, March 31st, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario – March 31, 2017 – The Canadian Ferry Association (CFA) applauds the federal government for a significant funding announcement under the New Building Canada Fund to upgrade and expand ferry service in British Columbia. The funding has been granted to BC Ferries for three separate projects.
“Ferries are an important part of Canada’s infrastructure and the Canadian Ferry Association (CFA) worked hard to advocate for the sector’s access to the New Building Canada Fund,” said CFA CEO, Serge Buy. “We thank the federal government for acknowledging the role that ferries play in Canada with today’s announcement in British Columbia and are hopeful that other ferry owners and operators across the country apply and are able to receive support for crucial investments that will benefit passengers and communities served by ferries.”
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, changed the criteria for eligibility for the New Building Canada Fund in 2016, in order to allow for projects related to passenger ferries to qualify. The original eligibility criteria for the fund, established in 2014, excluded most projects related to ferries.
Once completed, the projects announced today will increase safety, make it faster and easier for passengers and vehicles to load and unload, and promote tourist activities – all making a difference for British Columbia’s coastal communities for decades to come.
Link to Joint News Release
For more information:
Canadian Ferry Association
Thursday, January 5th, 2017
Register today to attend the Canadian Ferry Association’s 2017 Conference on “Charting our Course: The People and Technology of Tomorrow’s Ferries” scheduled from September 24-26, 2017, in Halifax Nova Scotia … Read more»
Monday, November 14th, 2016
After a very successful inaugural edition, we are preparing for the Winter 2017 issue of Ferry Horizons Magazine. The call for advertising is open from now until January 15, 2017. Contact us today to reserve your placement.
We’re excited about this next issue which will include a few changes and more unique content. For Winter 2017, our theme is “Technology Advances in the Ferry Sector“, offering articles and commentary from within the industry. In addition, we will start to feature profiles of some of our operators from across the country.
For more information, click here.
Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
For immediate release
New name, best practices for accessibility result from CFOA 2016 Conference
Ottawa, Ontario – September 20, 2016 – During its largest annual conference yet, the members of the Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA) voted to re-name the organization to the Canadian Ferry Association to better reflect the wide range of its members.
“As the national voice for the ferry sector in Canada, I am very proud of the results we are delivering for our members and the credibility we have developed as representatives of our industry. By changing our name to the Canadian Ferry Association, we will better reflect our wide range of members –from owners and operators, to industry associations and municipalities from across the country.
Over the course of the two-day conference, which was themed “Accessibility in the ferry sector”, over 200 attendees from Canada and around the world heard from experts in both the accessibility community and in the marine industry.
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, opened the conference with a keynote address outlining the importance of the ferry sector in Canada, and also announcing a series of consultationsfor Canadians to inform and contribute to the development of accessibility legislation. Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport and MP for London West, will offer remarks at the gala dinner event on Tuesday evening, and Sean Fraser, MP for Central Nova, also offered remarks to the delegates.
The 2017 Conference will be held September 24-26, 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
ABOUT THE CANADIAN FERRY ASSOCIATION (PREVIOUSLY CFOA)
The Canadian Ferry Association is the national voice of the ferry industry in Canada. With over 54 million passengers, 19 million vehicles and billions of dollars of goods transported annually, the ferry sector is a crucial part of Canada’s infrastructure.
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Monday, September 19th, 2016
Ottawa, Ontario – October 18, 2016 – The Canadian Ferry Association (CFA) congratulates Mike Corrigan after Interferry, the association representing the interests of the ferry sector on the global stage, announced that he would take over as Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2017.
“The Canadian Ferry Association is very pleased to congratulate Mike Corrigan on this appointment and we are thrilled that a Canadian with his experience and knowledge will be leading international efforts for the ferry sector,” said Canadian Ferry Association CEO, Serge Buy. “We look forward to working with Mike in this new capacity, starting next spring, and thank him for his leadership in advancing the ferry sector here in Canada.”
Mr. Corrigan is currently the President and CEO of BC Ferries, one of the world’s largest ferry operators. He has held a number of leadership positions with the BC-based company over the past 13 years. He has also been a Director on the Board of Interferry for the past six years, recently acting as Treasurer of the organization. He has also played an important role in the growth of the Canadian Ferry Association over the past number of years, including as a Board member.
The announcement was made during Interferry’s annual general meeting, at its 41st annual conference in Manila, Philippines. Representatives from the Canadian Ferry Association are in attendance.
ABOUT THE CANADIAN FERRY ASSOCIATION
The Canadian Ferry Association (previously the Canadian Ferry Operators Association) is the national voice of the ferry industry in Canada. With over 55 million passengers, 19 million vehicles and billions of dollars of goods transported annually, the ferry sector is a crucial part of Canada’s infrastructure.
For more information:
Thursday, August 11th, 2016
Just in time for the Canadian Ferry Association 2016 networking conference:
Welcome to CFA’s new magazine! Click here.
Monday, May 16th, 2016
Ferries applaud changes in infrastructure program
Ferry operators now eligible for New Building Canada funding
May 16, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario
Ferry operators across Canada applaud new changes made by the federal government that will allow infrastructure projects related to ferries to be eligible for funding under the New Building Canada Fund.
The original eligibility criteria for the fund, established in 2014, excluded most projects related to ferries. Very few operators have been able to apply for crucial infrastructure projects and this, in turn, has penalized the close to 55 million passengers, 32,000 employees and countless communities served by operators.
The Canadian Ferry Association (CFA) and provincial governments have worked together urging Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi to revise the criteria to include ferries and ferry operators.
Following constructive discussions at a meeting of federal and provincial ministers of transport in January 2016, Minister Sohi recently advised, in a letter (sent late April), his provincial counterparts that ferries would indeed be eligible to apply for and access the New Building Canada Fund.
In a note to Canadian ferry operators announcing the changes, Minister Sohi provided further detail and confirmed that the New Building Canada Fund will now cover projects such as:
- Wharves and associated infrastructure,
- Passenger terminals,
- Access road infrastructures that provides the main vehicular access to the passenger ferry terminal,
- Vessel purchase and/or conversion,
- Intelligent transportation systems in support of ferry services.
“Minister Sohi and the new government understand the importance of ferries for Canadians. Access to the New Building Canada Fund will enable operators to make crucial investments that will benefit passengers and the communities served by ferries. Furthermore, the investments will help operators ensure safety on their vessels while also making sustainable improvements to their environmental efficiency ,” said Serge Buy, CFA’s Chief Executive Officer.
The criteria changes are effective immediately and CFA expects that a number of modernization projects will now be able to move forward. With operators located from coast to coast to coast, this will help to create employment throughout the country, benefit businesses that supply goods and services to ferry operators and boost the communities served by ferries.
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For more information:
Serge Buy, CEO
613-720-1777 / email@example.com
Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
The CMAC Secretariat has extended an invitation to participate in the U.S. – Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council Stakeholder Meetings to be held at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. on May 4-5.
More information is available on in our members section, please click here.
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