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Ontario Improving Ferry Connections to Amherst Island

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Ontario Improving Ferry Connections to Amherst Island

Province Upgrading Ferry Docks, Creating Jobs and Improving Operations

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is improving access to Amherst Island by reconstructing the docks for the island's ferry service, creating jobs and improving service for local residents and visitors.

The province is converting existing side-loading ramps to end-loading ramps to accommodate the Frontenac ll and the new Amherst Island ferry. This will allow for easier access to and from the island, improve the overall efficiency of ferry operations and accommodate the increasing number of large commercial trucks and farm equipment which use the service. The docks will also be designed so that the Wolfe Island ferry can readily service Amherst Island, if needed.

Additional improvements include:

  • A newly paved parking area that will accommodate more vehicles and will be equipped with sidewalks
  • New bubbler systems for winter ice control
  • New passenger and staff facilities that include restrooms and waiting areas at Millhaven and on Amherst Island at Stella.

The new docks are scheduled to be completed in summer 2019. Ferry service should not be impacted by the project.

Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Improving transportation connections is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Rankin Construction Inc. of St. Catharines was awarded the $51.7 million contract.
  • The Amherst Island ferry is owned by the Ministry of Transportation and operated by Loyalist Township. It makes 20 trips per day between Millhaven on the mainland and Stella on the island.
  • In 2016/17, Ontario is committing over $27 million to repair and expand ferry services across Ontario.
  • A request for qualifications is currently underway to build a new ferry at Amherst Island and a new ferry at Wolfe Island. The new ferry at Amherst Island is scheduled to be delivered at the end of 2019.

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“Converting these docks will create jobs and will improve the overall efficiency of ferry operations. It’s great news for the community. This project is another step in the government’s commitment to improve the quality of life for Ontarians.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

“Loyalist Township Council is excited for the award of the design-build ferry dock project for Stella and Millhaven. We look forward to the upgrade of the docks’ infrastructure for the residents of Amherst Island and all users of the Amherst Island ferry service.”

Bill Lowry

Mayor of Loyalist Township

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