November 28, 2014 Letter by Chair Sheila Malcolmson to BC Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure re Islands Trust Submission to BC On the Move 10-Year Transportation Plan Consultation.
October 31, 2014 Letter by Chair Sheila Malcolmson to BC Premier Christy Clark and to BC Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure requesting a meaningful, robust public consultation process in 2015 regarding future ferry fares and Provincial investment in the BC ferry system until 2020 or beyond.
October 3, 2014 Letter by Chair Sheila Malcolmson to Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government re: BC Ferries funding.
- Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services Budget 2015 Consultations Report (see pages 32-33).
September 19, 2014 letter by Chair Sheila Malcolmson to BC Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure expressing concern about a feasibility study for a bridge to Mudge and Gabriola Islands.
April 23, 2014 letter by Chair Sheila Malcolmson to Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure requesting a new report using current data that explains BC Ferries' economic role.
March 31, 2014 letter by Chair Sheila Malcolmson to the Premier of British Columbia outlining concerns about the BC government’s BC Ferries service cuts, fare hikes and infrastructure funding.
March 14, 2014 letter by Chair Sheila Malcolmson to the BC Ferry Commissioner requesting a performance review of BC Ferries
February 21, 2014 Op Ed by Chair Sheila Malcolmson published in the Vancouver Sun.
January 17, 2014 letter to BC Ferry Coalition supporting its Fiscal Fairness campaign.
December 13, 2013 letter to Minister Todd Stone about the service cuts announced during the coastal ferries engagement process.
December 4, 2013 News Release about the link between ferry cuts and island economies.
October 15, 2013 Letter to Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government re: BC Ferries funding.
December 20, 2012 Islands Trust Council submission to the BC coastal ferry consultation and engagement process [PDF]. Support documents: Letter to Minister [PDF], News Release [PDF],
October 19, 2012 Letter to Kevin Richter, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, providing comments on the Proposed Consultation on BC Ferries [PDF]
September 15, 2011 Islands Trust Presentation to the BC Ferry Commissioner [PDF 2MB] (Some of the slides have speaker notes- hover your mouse over the chat balloon in the top left corner.) Support documents: News Release [PDF]
Gordon Macatee, BC Ferry Commissioner followed with a review of the Coastal Ferry Act to the Honourable Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure on January 24, 2012. The Coastal Ferry Amendment Act, 2012 was passed on May 31, 2012.
Photo - From left to right: Islands Trust Chair Sheila Malcolmson, BC Ferry Deputy Commissioner Sheldon Stoilen and BC Ferry Commissioner Gordon Macatee at a Trust Council session on the impact of ferry fares on island communities. Salt Spring Island, Sept 15, 2011
In 2009, the Union of BC Municipalities endorsed an Islands Trust resolution on "A minor routes strategy for coastal ferry service".
In 2006, the Islands Trust Council submitted a position paper to the provincial government about the Coastal Ferry Act highlighting issues and making recommendations.
This BC Ferries advocacy work is supported by:
Ferry Advisory Committee Chairs - This website contains volumes of information from the representatives of coastal ferry users and communities.
BC Ferry Commission - The BC Ferry Commission regulates fares and service levels of the ferry operator British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) on 25 saltwater routes.
BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure: The Province of British Columbia manages BC Ferries through the Coastal Ferry Act which enables BC Ferry Services Inc. to be established as an independent commercial company and creates the BC Ferry Authority, which governs the company. The Act provides for a long-term service contract between the provincial government and BC Ferry Services Inc. The Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure administers theCoastal Ferry Act, and oversees reviews of public consultation and engagement process on coastal ferry services.
operates 35 vessels travelling between 47 terminals, on 25 routes. BC Ferries is one of the largest ferry operators in the world, both in terms of fleet size and passengers carried.