Canada to make Nova Scotia ferries more secure

DARTMOUTH, NS, Jan. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Ferry operators across Nova Scotia will benefit from an investment by the Government of Canada to enhance security. The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, today announced that up to $393,300 will be provided to the Halifax Regional Municipality for three projects aimed at enhancing security for domestic ferries in Nova Scotia.

"Our Government is delivering new opportunities to increase economic prosperity and create jobs at Nova Scotia's marine facilities," said Minister MacKay. "In addition to enhancing the security of ferry workers and their users, this investment will also encourage trade and tourism across Nova Scotia and help to further modernize our ferry system."

The Halifax Regional Municipality will receive the funding for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour for specific security enhancements, such as surveillance equipment, dockside and perimeter security, command, control and communications equipment, and training.

The Marine Security Contribution Program has assisted Canada's ports, marine facilities and domestic ferries to modernize and strengthen their security systems.

The Marine Security Contribution Program is a five-year, $115-million commitment to assist ports, marine facilities and domestic ferries with security enhancements. The Program is application-based and provides funding to recipients on a cost-sharing basis for a number of clearly identified eligible expenses.