CFOA becomes Canadian Ferry Association


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New name, best practices for accessibility result from CFOA 2016 Conference

Ottawa, Ontario – September 20, 2016 – During its largest annual conference yet, the members of the Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA) voted to re-name the organization to the Canadian Ferry Association to better reflect the wide range of its members.

“As the national voice for the ferry sector in Canada, I am very proud of the results we are delivering for our members and the credibility we have developed as representatives of our industry. By changing our name to the Canadian Ferry Association, we will better reflect our wide range of members –from owners and operators, to industry associations and municipalities from across the country.

Over the course of the two-day conference, which was themed “Accessibility in the ferry sector”, over 200 attendees from Canada and around the world heard from experts in both the accessibility community and in the marine industry.

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, opened the conference with a keynote address outlining the importance of the ferry sector in Canada, and also announcing a series of consultationsfor Canadians to inform and contribute to the development of accessibility legislation. Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport and MP for London West, will offer remarks at the gala dinner event on Tuesday evening, and Sean Fraser, MP for Central Nova, also offered remarks to the delegates.

The 2017 Conference will be held September 24-26, 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Canadian Ferry Association is the national voice of the ferry industry in Canada. With over 54 million passengers, 19 million vehicles and billions of dollars of goods transported annually, the ferry sector is a crucial part of Canada's infrastructure.

For more information or to schedule an interview:

Alyson Queen
Director, Communications