SAINT ANDREWS (GNB) – The federal and provincial governments have invested a total of $600,000 in upgrades and improvements to the Saint Andrews wharf to enable it to accommodate larger vessels and visiting cruise ships.

“Working with partners to invest in improving the quality of the infrastructure in Saint Andrews  is an important part of our government's plan to rebuild New Brunswick's economy,” said Charlotte-Campobello MLA Curtis Malloch. “This investment will allow Saint Andrews to attract and accommodate cruise ships and offer visitors an even greater tourism experience.”

Malloch attended the announcement on behalf of Economic Development Minister Paul Robichaud.

“Our government's investment will help improve the docking facilities and surrounding infrastructure at the Saint Andrews wharf, which will contribute to the growing cruise industry in this region,” said New Brunswick Southwest MP John Williamson. “Job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity is our government's top priority, that is why we are committed to supporting projects that enhance tourism potential and expand economic opportunities for our communities.”

Williamson attended the event on behalf of Bernard Valcourt, associate minister of national defence and minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and La Francophonie.

The infrastructure improvements include the installation of floating platforms, an aluminum gangway, and the construction of a public washroom building on the wharf.  

“The Town of Saint Andrews is excited to partner with the federal and provincial governments to make this project a reality,” said Saint Andrews Deputy Mayor Cate Akagi. “This will give our region the opportunity to become a gateway to the United States for marine travel and open our port to new economic development growth in the cruise ship industry, as well as growth in our whale watching and pleasure boat markets.”

The federal and provincial governments are each providing $300,000 to the project. The federal funds are through ACOA under the Innovative Communities Fund.