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Ontario Investing in New Pelee Island Ferry

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Ontario Investing in New Pelee Island Ferry

Province Supports Premier Tourist Destination

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is moving forward with plans to build a new ferry to service Pelee Island, which will keep people and goods moving safely and effectively to and from one of Ontario's premier tourist spots.  

The province has awarded a contract for a new ferry that will help transport the more than 60,000 visitors and residents that travel to the island each year. The new ferry will replace the M.V. Pelee Islander, which is 55 years old and has capacity for 196 passengers and 10 vehicles. The M.V. Jiimaan, in operation since 1992, will also continue to service Pelee Island with capacity for 399 passengers and 35 automobiles. 

The new ferry will be able to carry a maximum of 399 passengers and either 34 cars, or 16 cars and four tractor trailers. The ferry is expected to start operating in 2018 and will service the existing docks at Pelee Island, Leamington and Kingsville. 

Improving highways, roads and bridges across the province is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic and supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • ASENAV, a ship-building company located in Valdivia, Chile, was awarded the contract, valued at $40 million.
  • In 2014-15, Ontario is committing over $16 million to design, repair and expand ferry services across the province.

Additional Resources


Steven Del Duca

“This new ferry will help keep goods and people moving in one of the most beautiful regions of Ontario. This project is proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario residents.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation`

Michael Coteau

“As a premier tourism showpiece, Pelee Island is one of Ontario’s most unique and visually stunning destinations. I’m proud of our government’s work to enhance ferry access for residents and businesses, create local jobs and attract more visitors to this beautiful part of our province.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Media Contacts

  • Patrick Searle

    Minister’s Office


  • Bob Nichols

    Communications Branch




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