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Ontario Building New Amherst Island Ferry

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Ontario Building New Amherst Island Ferry

Province Creating Jobs, Building a Strong Economy by Investing in Key Infrastructure

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is investing $20 million to build a new ferry for Amherst Island to make commuting easier and more reliable in the region. 

The addition of a new ferry will ensure that there is service running to Amherst Island at all times. Once the new vessel is complete, the existing ferry, the Frontenac II, will become the back-up ferry and will also provide support in the event there is an extended unplanned service outage that affects access to Wolfe or Amherst Islands.

The process to hire a company to design and build the vessel will begin this fall and the contract is expected to be awarded in late spring 2017. Designing and building the ferry will take approximately 24 months.

Adding a new Amherst Island ferry is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.

Improving ferry services is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • Approximately 130,000 vehicles and 270,000 passengers travel to and from Amherst Island annually.

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“We have listened to the residents of Kingston and the Islands and are excited to introduce a new ferry to the region. It is further proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

“I am absolutely thrilled the province is dedicating funding for a second ferry. This will ensure there is a backup ferry at all times. It will greatly improve the quality of life for the islanders, making sure they get where they need to be when they need to be there.”

Sophie Kiwala

MPP for Kingston and the Islands

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