Canada’s ferries transport 40 million passengers and 15 million cars every year, connecting Canadians with the communities they serve, and helping to drive Canada’s economy.
Those were among the findings contained in an industry survey conducted by the Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA) .
Serge Buy, the CFOA’s Chief Executive Officer, presented the results Tuesday evening, Sept. 24, at the association’s annual general meeting being held in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The industry survey highlights the socio-economic importance of the ferry sector in Canada.
“Ferries form an essential part of Canada’s transportation infrastructure, and ferry operators provide vital economic connections for Canadians across the country,” said Buy. “While we applaud the federal government’s commitment of over $50 billion in infrastructure investments over the next 10 years, it’s important to remember that infrastructure is more than just highways and bridges; investments in our maritime transportation systems are needed at the same time.”
The report reflects the key contributions that ferry operators make in driving Canada’s economy and meeting the transportation needs of Canadians, and it reveals that in 2012, CFOA ferry operators:
· Connected people and markets across the country by transporting nearly 40.7 million passengers and over 14.8 million vehicles;
· Contributed to Canada’s economic growth by employing more than 8,400 Canadians;
· Provided essential transportation services and vital links to Canada’s remote communities by operating more than 180 ferries on over 120 routes;
· Continued to provide a safe and environmentally friendly means of transportation by investing in cleaner technologies and more efficient vessels, and by contributing to a noteworthy industry safety record.
The Canadian Ferry Operators Association is the national voice of ferries in Canada.