Federal budget includes ferry funding for Northumberland Ferry service: P.E.I. MP

The Northumberland Ferry service between Wood Islands and Caribou, Nova Scotia, will remain in service for at least another five years.

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay, who represents a P.E.I. riding, says Wednesday's federal budget included $273 million over five years for eastern ferry services, including the Wood Islands service as well as a crossing from Souris to the Magdalen Islands.

The funding will also allow the Woods Island service, which had only one ferry operating last year, to return to its usual two-ferry service.

The P.E.I. government established a task force last fall to advocate for the service, and Finance Minister Allen Roach says he's pleased with the commitment, but will keep a watchful eye on the service estimated to contribute $27 million to P.E.I.'s economy each year.