Statement from Mayor Helps on Announcement of Marine Border Re-opening

Mayor Helps issued the following statement on the announcement of the September 7 re-opening of the marine border between British Columbia and Washington State:

“It’s terrific to see this announcement today creating certainty around the re-opening of the marine border so that fully vaccinated Americans can make plans to visit Victoria.

“There was confusion in the region on August 9 when the borders re-opened but the marine border remained closed. There was also concern that because of suspended service during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Belleville Terminal had lost its status as a port of entry into Canada.

“The announcement today can be attributed in part to the efforts of the 13 mayors in the region and the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations Chiefs coming together and advocating alongside Destination Greater Victoria, the ferry operators, the Chamber, and the Province in a coordinated way, even as the writ for the federal election was about to drop. It is because of this kind of collaboration that our region is strong and our regional economy is well-poised for recovery.

“The Belleville Terminal is an important entry way to the region and a key engine of the region’s economy. The Coho and Clipper are critical links for Victorians with our neighbours to the south and we look forward to this long-standing border crossing being reopened.”