The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are set to provide more than C$9.7m ($6m) in funding for the phase one renovation of the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal situated at the Port of Yarmouth.

Each of the governments will provide up to C$3m ($2m) through the Small Communities Fund.

The town of Yarmouth, Municipality of Yarmouth, and the Municipality of Argyle have agreed to provide the remaining funding required for the project.

The newly announced joint funding will be used to upgrade and relocate passenger inspection line booths.

Using the government fund, the existing pontoon and transfer bridge will be replaced, while the overall terminal facilities will be improved, including external lighting and passenger waiting areas.

The upgrades aim to establish the Port of Yarmouth as an international tourist spot, enhance visitor experience, as well as offer new economic opportunities for local businesses and across southern Nova Scotia.

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“These essential upgrades to the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal will position Nova Scotia as a more welcoming and accessible destination for tourists.”

West Nova Member of Parliament Colin Fraser said: “The Government of Canada understands that strategic investments in infrastructure are crucial to increasing tourism and driving economic growth.

“These essential upgrades to the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal will position Nova Scotia as a more welcoming and accessible destination for tourists, while helping local businesses to create jobs, grow and prosper.”

The Government of Canada is also set to invest more than $180bn over a period of 12 years in public transit projects, green and social infrastructure, as well as other projects under its Investing in Canada infrastructure plan.

The investment complements the country’s Atlantic Growth Strategy, a two-year federal-provincial action plan that seeks to drive economic growth in the region through five priority areas, including skilled workforce / immigration, innovation, clean growth and climate change, trade and investment, as well as infrastructure.