The Nova Scotia government is permanently removing fees from all intra-provincial ferries to help make transportation more affordable and accessible for Nova Scotians, Premier Iain Rankin announced today, June 19.
Ferry fees were temporarily suspended for all provincial ferries in March 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our seven ferry services are an integral part of the provincial transportation network and pick up where the highway leaves off,” said Premier Rankin. “The permanent elimination of ferry fees will reduce the financial burden on local residents and visitors.”
The provincial ferries operate daily year-round and most have a 24-hour service. There are seven provincial ferry services:
- LaHave, Lunenburg County
- Country Harbour, Guysborough County
- Little Narrows, Victoria County
- Englishtown, Victoria County
- Tancook Islands, Lunenburg County
- Petit Passage, Digby County
- Grand Passage, Digby County
- ferry fees range from $7 (cars and light trucks) to $10 (commercial trucks)
- there are typically about one million ferry passengers per year
- the operating cost for the provincial ferries is about $10.7 million per year
- passenger fees totalled about $1.3 million in 2019-20