Federal and provincial governments invest in Ferry Building restoration project

Jul 30, 2020

The federal and provincial governments are investing in restoring the 107-year-old Ferry Building, a cherished landmark that now operates as a public art gallery near the waterfront in Ambleside.

The restoration, which is scheduled to begin this fall and be completed in spring 2022, will include the relocation of the building slightly to the east of its current location, to higher ground, in order to protect it from rising flood levels due to impacts of climate change. Seismic and envelope upgrades, constructing washrooms, and installing a ramp to make the building more accessible are also part of the project. 

The project is co-funded by the District and the federal and provincial governments. The Government of Canada is investing $1,010,360 through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS), and the Government of British Columbia is contributing $841,882. 

“The Ferry Building has been at the centre of life in West Vancouver for more than a century. From its beginning as a bustling ferry terminal to its present use as an art gallery, the historic building has been an important part of our community for a long time,” said Mayor Mary-Ann Booth. 

“Heritage and cultural facilities are a vital part of Council’s vision to create a complete community that is livable, vibrant, and inclusive. This commitment to the restoration of the Ferry Building will ensure residents and visitors can enjoy this social hub for years to come.”

The Ferry Building is one of 14 projects across the Lower Mainland to receive joint federal and provincial funding under the CCRIS announced on July 3.

“The Ferry Building is important to the citizens of West Vancouver, and these investments will ensure its place is secure for decades to come,” said Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. 

“Once restored, the building will be modern and accessible to all, while maintaining the heritage details that make it such an admired space in our community. Canada’s Infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across Canada, and builds stronger communities.”

The gallery supports regional artists by hosting exhibitions and lectures throughout the year, promotes art education through a wide range of events and programs, and develops relationships between many local cultural organizations and community groups.

"The Ferry Building is one of West Vancouver's most recognized public landmarks, cherished by people in the community and by visitors," said Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale, on behalf of Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "We share a commitment with our funding partners to create public spaces that create economic opportunities and preserve a community's history and culture for future generations to enjoy."

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