NDP MPs call for B.C. Ferries to access federal infrastructure grants

OTTAWA – New Democrat MPs from Vancouver Island are calling on the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities to allow B.C. Ferries to access grants under the New Building Canada Fund.

“B.C. Ferries is a critical transportation link for Island residents but years of dramatic fare increases have had a devastating impact on our coastal communities,” said Murray Rankin, Member of Parliament for Victoria. “The coastal ferry system is a key transportation link like roads and bridges and should be treated the same when it comes to federal infrastructure grants.”

The NDP wants BC Ferries to be able to access grants to fund capital projects like terminals and new vessels, which should allow the corporation to lower costs and in turn pass on savings through lower fares.

“The former Conservative government stood by while ferry fares skyrocketed for Island residents, we are reaching out to this new government and asking them to demonstrate an understanding of the challenges facing our coastal communities,” said Rankin.

Seven New Democrat MPs from Vancouver Island and the North Coast have signed the letter to Minister Sohi, including: Murray Rankin (Victoria), Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkey Valley), Rachel Blaney (North Island-Powell River), Randall Garrison (Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke), Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni), Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan-Malahat-Langford), and Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo-Ladysmith).