Dolphin extension at Ogden Point Cruise Terminal to support Vancouver Island tourism and economic growth

Investing in trade and transportation infrastructure is critical to boosting tourism, helping businesses move their goods to domestic and international markets efficiently, and building a strong economic future for all Canadians.

Today, (Nov.29) Marco Mendicino, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Sonterra Ross, Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority to announce more than $6.8 million in joint funding for a dolphin extension project in Victoria.

The project involves extending the dolphin structure at Ogden Point port in Victoria by more than 55 metres and adding two breasting dolphins on each side of the main pier structure to accommodate larger vessels.

The new structure will be able to dock quantum-sized cruise ships that are increasingly being used by cruise lines, allowing this popular hub on Vancouver Island to accommodate more passengers while supporting tourism and economic growth for the region as a whole.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada understands that strategic investments in infrastructure are crucial to increasing tourism, driving economic development and strengthening the middle class. Expanding the dolphin wharf at Victoria harbour’s Ogden Point Cruise Terminal will help Vancouver Island continue to thrive as a top destination for tourists and businesses alike while creating jobs and new economic opportunities for residents.”  (Marco Mendicino, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities)

“We extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for the support from the Government of Canada. The expansion of the mooring dolphin at the Ogden Point Cruise Terminal will allow for the safe moorage of newer classes of ships calling to Victoria, which is Canada’s most popular cruise port of call.” (Sonterra Ross, Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority)

Quick facts

• Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
• More than $10.1 billion of this funding will support trade and transportation projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
• The Government of Canada is contributing up to $1,914,552 to this project through the New Building Canada Fund–Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component–National and Regional Projects. The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority will be providing $4,926,132 to the project.

(Greater Victoria Harbour Authority)

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