Canada’s Ferry Sector Welcomes New Transport Minister, Thanks Garneau

Today, the Canadian Ferry Association (CFA) welcomes new Transport Minister Omar Alghabra.

“We look forward to working with Minister Alghabra to continue the work begun by his predecessor, Minister Garneau,” said Mark Collins, Chair of CFA’s Board or Directors.  “We hope to continue our strong collaboration with the government in order to reduce the marine industry’s carbon footprint, support ongoing conservation efforts, improve passenger safety and more.”

As the voice of the industry, CFA plays a central role in advocating on behalf of the passenger vessel sector. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, CFA has championed new measures for the ferry sector to protect passengers and crew members, which were announced in April 2020.  CFA has also called for increased flexibility to the COVID-19 support measures to allow Canada’s transportation infrastructure to access this support.

“As the pandemic continues to impact communities across the country – big and small, urban and remote – we look forward to working with Minister Alghabra to find ways for Canada’s passenger vessels to access government support to ensure continued service for essential workers,” added Mr. Collins.

CFA also extended its thanks to outgoing Transport Minister Marc Garneau for his work to help the sector continue to bring passengers to their destinations safely, even during an international pandemic.

For further information, contact CFA’s CEO, Serge Buy at or 613-720-1777.






In 2019, ferries in Canada transported approximately 55 million passengers, 22 million vehicles and billions of dollars of goods in communities throughout the country, from urban centres to remote regions.  The Canadian Ferry Association represents the sector and its members include eight provincial governments, large urban municipalities, First nations and Crown corporations and private corporations (such as BC Ferries).