Environment Minister Peter Kent has confirmed that southern Ontario's Rideau Canal and Trent-Severn Waterway will be open and fully operational for the entire 2013 boating season, in contrast to an earlier statement suggesting the season would be shortened in order to meet budget commitments.
Minister Kent confirmed the 2013 boating season on these Parks Canada-managed waterways will run from the Victoria Day weekend in May until Thanksgiving in October. Kent said operational and financial challenges were addressed, in order to enable the canal and waterway to run for the full season.
"NMMA Canada is pleased with Minister Kent's recent comments regarding the hours of operation for Canada's waterways and canals,' said NMMA Canada Executive Director, Sara Anghel. "The recreational boating industry was concerned when it learned of the potential cutbacks to the boating season and so the decision to keep the waterways open for the full season is welcome news our industry. Recreational boating has a significant economic impact in Canada, providing jobs, boosting tourism and small business. We are thankful to local Members of Parliament who actively consulted with constituents and businesses last summer and listened to our concerns. The outcome is a positive one for recreational boaters and all those businesses who service the waterways and rely on them for their economic well-being.'
Kent further stated that "long-delayed and long-needed adjustments' to lockage and moorage fees will be announced shortly. Lockage and mooring fees have remained essentially unchanged for decades.