Governments of Canada and PEI invest in growing cruise ship tourism in Charlottetown
The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island 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.
Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Paula Biggar, Prince Edward Island Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, and Stan MacPherson, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Charlottetown Harbour Authority Inc. (CHAI), today announced funding of over $12 million towards the expansion of the Charlottetown Marine Terminal.
The Governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island are both contributing up to $4 million through the New Building Canada Fund. CHAI is responsible for all other project costs.
Work includes the expansion of the Charlottetown Marine Terminal South Berth by approximately 270 metres to accommodate two, 330-metre cruise ships simultaneously, while also leaving space for oil tankers and cargo ships.
The larger berth will provide more room for large cruise ships and the growing number of passengers visiting the region each year, improving the experience for tourists as well as those conducting business in the area.
“The Government of Canada understands that strategic investments in infrastructure are crucial to increasing tourism and driving economic growth. The expansion of the Charlottetown Marine Terminal will position Charlottetown and PEI as a top destination for tourists and businesses alike, creating jobs, and providing greater economic opportunities.”
Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Smart, well-planned infrastructure projects like the expansion of the Charlottetown Harbour will have many direct benefits for Islanders. It will create jobs and growth within our record-breaking tourism sector, from tour operators to restaurants. With the support of the Government of Canada, this project will help us continue to reach new milestones and ensure Prince Edward Island remains a world-class tourism destination now and well into the future.”
The Honourable Paula Biggar, Prince Edward Island Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy
We are pleased to see the announcement of funding from both the Government of Canada and the Province of Prince Edward Island, supporting the growth and expansion of berth space at the Charlottetown Harbour Authority. The ability to safely berth two vessels will allow for continued growth of the cruise industry on Prince Edward Island and in the region, as well as providing improved handling capabilities for the importation of fuel, gravel and fertilizer through Port Charlottetown. The positive economic impacts from this expansion will be felt across the Island and are a true indicator of the importance of all port activities. This berth expansion will allow Port Charlottetown to continue to grow and serve the needs of all Islanders well into the future.”
Stan MacPherson, Chair of the Board of Directors, Charlottetown Harbour Authority Inc.
• The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
• These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a two-year federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas:
o Skilled workforce/Immigration;
o Clean growth and climate change;
o Trade and investment;
Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/site/alt-format/pdf/plan/icp-pic/IC-InvestingInCanadaPlan-ENG.pdf
Federal infrastructure investments in Prince Edward Island: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/pe-eng.html
Smart Cities Challenge: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/cities-villes/index-eng.html
Atlantic Growth Strategy: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html
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Government of Prince Edward Island
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Charlottetown Harbour Authority/Port Charlottetown