Ferry Services Contribution Program

General information

Name of transfer payment program Ferry Services Contribution Program
Start date 1941
End date March 31, 2018
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2017-2018
Strategic Outcome An efficient transportation system
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture Program 1.3: Transportation Infrastructure
Sub-program 1.3.2: Marine Infrastructure
Sub-Sub-program Ferry Services Stewardship and Support
Description The Ferry Services Contribution Program provides financial assistance to maintain three inter-provincial ferry services in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec. More specifically, the contributions are for the service across the Northumberland Strait between Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island and Caribou, Nova Scotia operated by Northumberland Ferries Ltd.; the service between Cap-aux-Meules, Îles de la Madeleine, Quebec and Souris, Prince Edward Island operated by CTMA Traversier Ltée; and the service between Saint John, New Brunswick and Digby, Nova Scotia operated by Bay Ferries Ltd..
Expected results

The contribution is expected to have the following results:

  • Ferry services in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec will continue to be operational;
  • Certain remote communities will have access to regional transportation options; and,
  • Safe, efficient and reliable ferry services between Cap-aux-Meules, Îles de la Madeleine and Souris, Prince Edward Island; Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island and Caribou, Nova Scotia; and Saint John, New Brunswick and Digby, Nova Scotia.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2014–15
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation To be determined
General targeted recipient groups Industry-related (This program is developed for three ferry services operated by the following recipients: CTMA Traversier Ltée, Northumberland Ferries Ltd. and Bay Ferries Ltd.. All three recipients are private companies.)
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients Discuss and provide clear template-based contribution agreements, leases and charter party agreements; annually review and negotiate the performance objectives and budget required to deliver the ferry services as per the terms of the agreements; inform of service standards and reporting requirements based on the risk profile of each recipient; maintain an ongoing dialogue to assess change and progress through monthly conference calls with each recipient; follow-up as required on project activities, funding requirements and reporting requirements; and notify of the requirement to audit and inform of the audit findings.

Planning Information (dollars)

    Planned spending
Type of transfer payment Forecast spending 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019–20
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 39,395,377 16,720,000 16,720,000 16,720,000
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 39,395,377 16,720,000 16,720,000 16,720,000