Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal Redevelopment

Infrastructure Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, and three municipalities are providing $9 million in joint funding towards the Phase 1 redevelopment of the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The federal and provincial governments are each contributing up to $3 million through the Small Communities Fund. The Town of Yarmouth ($1.5 Million), the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth ($1.2 Milion), and Municipality of the District of Argyle ($300K) are contributing the remainder of project funding.

Core elements of the project include upgrading and relocating of both the primary inspection line and toll booths, improving yard lighting, replacement of the transfer bridge and pontoon, and upgrades to the existing terminal building.

Work is slated to begin in early May of 2019, with a projected completion of fall of 2021. Check back often for updates as the project takes shape.





Infrastructure Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, and three municipalities are providing $9 million in joint funding towards the Phase 1 redevelopment of the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The federal and provincial governments are each contributing up to $3 million through the Small Communities Fund. The Town of Yarmouth ($1.5 Million), the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth ($1.2 Milion), and Municipality of the District of Argyle ($300K) are contributing the remainder of project funding.

Core elements of the project include upgrading and relocating of both the primary inspection line and toll booths, improving yard lighting, replacement of the transfer bridge and pontoon, and upgrades to the existing terminal building.

Work is slated to begin in early May of 2019, with a projected completion of fall of 2021. Check back often for updates as the project takes shape.





  • Ferry Terminal Redevelopment Project Officially Underway

    2 months ago

    A Project Kick-off and Groundbreaking event took place in Yarmouth on Friday to celebrate the start of a major infrastructure project at the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal

    Friday, May 3, 2019 - Yarmouth, N.S.Representatives from all three levels of government were on hand at the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal today for a project kick-off and groundbreaking event. Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova, the Honourable Zach Churchill, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Yarmouth, Pam Mood, Mayor of the Town of Yarmouth, Daniel Allen, Councillor for Municipality of Yarmouth, and Danny Muise, Deputy Warden of the...

    A Project Kick-off and Groundbreaking event took place in Yarmouth on Friday to celebrate the start of a major infrastructure project at the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal

    Friday, May 3, 2019 - Yarmouth, N.S.Representatives from all three levels of government were on hand at the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal today for a project kick-off and groundbreaking event. Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova, the Honourable Zach Churchill, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Yarmouth, Pam Mood, Mayor of the Town of Yarmouth, Daniel Allen, Councillor for Municipality of Yarmouth, and Danny Muise, Deputy Warden of the Municipality of Argyle, came together to celebrate the start of crucial redevelopment work at the terminal.

    Tourism is an important industry for all Nova Scotians, and the Maine to Nova Scotia Ferry plays a key role in its growth. The revitalisation of the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal will ensure that proper infrastructure is in place to operate the ferry service successfully, strengthening the stability of the service for years to come.

    Since the funding announcement in September 2018, considerable pre-design work has been completed. The Town of Yarmouth has also awarded the contract for the Prime Consultant to CBCL Limited of Halifax. With an experienced engineering firm hired, work is set to get underway this spring.

    Nova Scotians and visitors from all over North America will soon be able to enjoy improved services and the beautiful new facilities of the revitalized Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal,” said Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “This vital link with our southern neighbors will attract more tourists, and increase economic opportunities for businesses across Nova Scotia. I am happy I could be here today to celebrate this important milestone.”The Nova Scotia-Maine ferry plays an important role in our tourism industry, particularly in southwest Nova,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill, on behalf of Municipal Affairs Minister Chuck Porter. “The ferry has a positive impact on the region’s local tourism operators, small businesses and the provincial economy. The Government of Nova Scotia is, therefore, pleased to support upgrades to the Yarmouth terminal, which support this ferry service. The upgrades will also help ensure that the visitors we welcome from the eastern seaboard will have an enhanced visitor experience when they arrive in Yarmouth.”

    “This is a great day in Yarmouth,” expressed Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood. “With another season of welcoming visitors about to begin, I’m very happy to see this project moving ahead. It represents progress and a bright future for the town and entire region as we continue to grow our tourism industry. As the owner and operator of the ferry terminal, our staff has worked hard in recent months to get us to this point. When this phase of work is complete, the Town of Yarmouth will have a refreshed and welcoming facility we can all be proud of.”

    “The Municipality of Yarmouth continues to support major regional transportation infrastructure as part of its investment readiness work,” said Municipality of Yarmouth Councillor, Daniel Allen. “The improvements to the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal, Canada’s link to the USA via the CAT Ferry, are an example of that priority and a demonstration that our communities are open for business. We invite the world to come to Canada through the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal. The Municipality is grateful to its partners: the Government of Canada; the Province of Nova Scotia; the Town of Yarmouth; and the Municipality of Argyle.”

    “This project is an integral part of upgrading the ferry service,” said Argyle Deputy Warden Danny Muise. “It will improve working conditions in many aspects of the terminal operations, including better traffic flow for both Bay Ferries and Canada Border Services Agency.”

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    Project Scope & Timeline

    CBCL Limited has begun to mobilize on detailed design, required testing, and inspections. Work ranges from measurements and visual inspections to destructive testing. To not interrupt regular ferry service, CBCL will concentrate project planning during the operational season (spring and summer) with heavy construction activities taking place in the off-season (fall and winter). Major demolition and construction will begin this fall.

    The scope for Phase 1 upgrades has been categorized into eight key items:

    1) Pontoon Replacement/Refurbishing

    2) Linkspan Bridge Replacement/Refurbishing

    3) Yard works to reconfigure the traffic flow

    4) Lighting upgrades to meet changes in service hours and security requirements

    5) Primary Inspection Line (PIL) Booths for security processing

    6) Bay Ferries Limited booths for the service provider and ticket processing

    7) Demolition of the aged and unnecessary infrastructure that will be replaced

    8) Building upgrades to ensure operational demands


  • Yarmouth Ferry Terminal Project Kick-Off Event

    2 months ago

    Important redevelopment work is about to begin at the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal. On Friday, May 3rd at 2:30pm, please join:

    • Colin Fraser, MP for West Nova
    • the Honourable Zach Churchill, MLA for Yarmouth
    • Pam Mood, Mayor, Town of Yarmouth
    • Daniel Allen, Councillor, Municipality of the District of Yarmouth
    • Danny Muise, Deputy Warden, Municipality of the District of Argyle

    for a ceremonial project kick-off event at the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal.Click here for details.

    Important redevelopment work is about to begin at the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal. On Friday, May 3rd at 2:30pm, please join:

    • Colin Fraser, MP for West Nova
    • the Honourable Zach Churchill, MLA for Yarmouth
    • Pam Mood, Mayor, Town of Yarmouth
    • Daniel Allen, Councillor, Municipality of the District of Yarmouth
    • Danny Muise, Deputy Warden, Municipality of the District of Argyle

    for a ceremonial project kick-off event at the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal.Click here for details.

  • Consultant Firm Hired for Ferry Terminal Redevelopment

    2 months ago

    CBCL Limited of Halifax has been awarded the contract to provide engineering services for Phase 1 redevelopment of the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal

    Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - Yarmouth, N.S.With work set to begin next month, the Town of Yarmouth has awarded the contract for the Prime Consultant for Phase 1 of the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal Redevelopment. Following a recommendation at a recent council meeting, a motion was passed to hire CBCL Limited, an Engineering and Environmental, Design and Consulting firm based in Halifax.

    After issuing a request for proposals (RFP) last month, the Town of Yarmouth Engineering...

    CBCL Limited of Halifax has been awarded the contract to provide engineering services for Phase 1 redevelopment of the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal

    Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - Yarmouth, N.S.With work set to begin next month, the Town of Yarmouth has awarded the contract for the Prime Consultant for Phase 1 of the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal Redevelopment. Following a recommendation at a recent council meeting, a motion was passed to hire CBCL Limited, an Engineering and Environmental, Design and Consulting firm based in Halifax.

    After issuing a request for proposals (RFP) last month, the Town of Yarmouth Engineering Department received several submissions from interested firms. Engineering staff and members of the Ferry Terminal Project Steering Committee undertook an exhaustive evaluation process. The committee established a team to assist with evaluation questions, point scoring, and recommendations. Submissions were tested based on a pre-defined point scoring system included in the RFP package. After much discussion and individual scoring, the evaluation team recommended CBCL .

    John Flewelling, President and CEO says “CBCL is pleased to have been selected to provide engineering services for the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal Upgrade Project. We are excited to be working with the Town of Yarmouth and project stake holders to generate the best value for the investments being made at the terminal facilities.”

    CBCL will be on the ground in Yarmouth soon. Initial work will include detailed design, testing, and inspections. Work ranges from measurements and visual inspections to destructive testing with major construction and demolition beginning in the fall of 2019. All work for the project is slated for completion by the fall of 2021.

    A Project Kick-Off Event takes place on Friday, May 3rd at 2:30pm at the Ferry Terminal. The event will be hosted by Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova, the Honourable Zach Churchill, MLA for Yarmouth; Pam Mood, Mayor, Town of Yarmouth; Daniel Allen, Councillor, Municipality of the District of Yarmouth, and Danny Muise, Deputy Warden, Municipality of the District of Argyle. All are welcome to attend.

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    About CBCL

    CBCL Limited is an employee-owned company providing Engineering and Environmental Design and Consulting Services with approximately 350 employees and offices in all four Atlantic Provinces and in Ottawa Ontario. CBCL has extensive experience with ferry terminals throughout Atlantic Canada and has a longstanding working relationship with the Town of Yarmouth and local contractors. Website: http://www.cbcl.ca/index.html


  • Town of Yarmouth Issues Request for Proposals for Ferry Terminal Redevelopment Project

    5 months ago

    With a working Steering Committee in place, a request for proposals has been issued in an effort to hire a consultant firm to lead Phase 1 Upgrades

    Monday, March 4, 2019 - Yarmouth, N.S. - The Town of Yarmouth has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in order to gather submissions from qualified consultants to complete the detailed design and project management for Phase 1 of the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal upgrades. The RFP, which has been made available to interested consultants via Procurement Nova Scotia, allows for proposals to be submitted up until March 27th.

    The intended outcome of the...

    With a working Steering Committee in place, a request for proposals has been issued in an effort to hire a consultant firm to lead Phase 1 Upgrades

    Monday, March 4, 2019 - Yarmouth, N.S. - The Town of Yarmouth has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in order to gather submissions from qualified consultants to complete the detailed design and project management for Phase 1 of the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal upgrades. The RFP, which has been made available to interested consultants via Procurement Nova Scotia, allows for proposals to be submitted up until March 27th.

    The intended outcome of the RFP is to award the project to a consultant that has proven experience and knowledge with the type of work being proposed, and that also provides a comprehensive strategic plan for implementation and management of the entire project and design. Given the complexity of the of the work to be completed, and given the fact that the ferry operating season overlaps with the prime construction season, a strong emphasis will be placed on completing the work with minimal impact on the operation of the ferry service.

    The selected consultant firm will be tasked with performing a number of key upgrades covered in Phase 1. Core elements of the project include upgrading and relocating of both the primary inspection line and toll booths, improving yard lighting, replacement of the transfer bridge and pontoon, and upgrades to the existing terminal building. The redevelopment of the terminal is the largest capital project undertaken by the Town in over 15 years, and according to the Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood, will be a primary focus for Council and staff over the next three years.

    "This is an exciting and important project that will require our full attention and focus as we begin work this spring", said Mayor Mood. "The Ferry is critical to this region and the entire province in continuing to develop the tourism industry. Upgrading the terminal and making sure we have the proper infrastructure in place for its operation helps to ensure the stability of the service for years to come."

    Shortly after the funding announcement last fall, preliminary concept work began under a Halifax–based engineering firm. Their work provided the foundation for the development of the RFP by the Town of Yarmouth Engineering Department, under the guidance of a Steering Committee established to oversee the project in its entirety. Since late January, the Steering Committee has been meeting bi-weekly to carefully review a variety of key items including the development of the RFP, timelines as related to specific project milestones, project expenses, and more.

    Once the RFP submission date of March 27th passes, the Steering Committee will carefully evaluate all submissions. A recommendation will be brought to Town Council with a decision expected at the April 11th Council meeting. Work is scheduled to begin at the terminal in early May with all Phase 1 work completed by the fall of 2021.

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    About the Steering Committee
    The Steering Committee is made up of Staff from the Town of Yarmouth, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Bay Ferries Ltd., and the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth. The purpose of the committee is to oversee and administer the first phase of redevelopment, which involves management of the project's scope of work, potential risks, deliverables, contracted resources, budget and project timeline to meet established terms of agreement with funders and stakeholders.