Project Overview

Ontario is improving access to Amherst Island by reconstructing the ferry docks, creating jobs and improving service for local residents and visitors. The Amherst Island ferry, docks and bubbler system are owned by the Ministry of Transportation. The ferry is operated by Loyalist Township.

The proposed upgrades include reconstructed ferry terminals at both Millhaven and Stella to accommodate the end-loading ramps for the Frontenac ll and the future new Amherst Island ferry. This will allow for easier access to and from the island, improve the overall efficiency of ferry operations and accommodate the increasing number of large commercial trucks and farm equipment that use the service.

The current docking area does not provide any protective shelter and has very limited amenities for passengers. The redeveloped terminals will provide a newly paved parking area that will accommodate more vehicles and will be equipped with sidewalks; a new bubbler systems for winter ice control; and, new passenger and staff facilities that include restrooms, waiting areas, bike racks and staff offices.

The contract has been awarded to Rankin Construction Inc. of St. Catharines and their Design partner, Morrison Hershfield Limited of Markham. The Design phase of the project is currently underway and will conclude in summer 2017. The construction phase will start immediately following the design completion in summer 2017 with the new end-loading docks in service by June 2019 and the project will be completed by summer 2020.

A previous Class Environmental Assessment was completed by the MTO in 2014 that generated and evaluated various alternatives for each terminal; resulting in the selection of a technically preferred alternative that is the basis for this current Design-Build undertaking.

The current design process will build upon these recommendations and follow the approved environmental planning process for Group “B” projects under the Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000) (see EA Process). Specific study tasks between now and summer 2017 include development of detail design and environmental protection measures, and production of a Design and Construction Report.

We understand how important the ferry service is to Amherst Island and are committed to communicating up-to-date information about the design and construction of the project. The focus of communications during the design phase is to ensure that interested and affected stakeholders are informed of the project, its benefits, the potential impacts, and of ways to participate and contribute to the reconfiguration of the Amherst Island Ferry terminals. During the Construction phase, the focus will be on providing information to help minimize disruptions and inconveniences during construction. We recognize that decisions related to the project may impact neighbourhoods, businesses and ferry users. Therefore, the Project Team will seek to develop and maintain positive relationships with affected stakeholders by providing timely, accurate and informative communication of project progress, design milestones, construction activities and impacts.

See the Consultation section of this website for details of some of the communication tools that will be used throughout this project to communicate and participate in the project.