Thousands of people who are dependent on the ferry system have signed a petition to make BC Ferries a part of the province’s Transportation and Highways Ministry.
The online petition with 24,460 supporters was presented to the B.C. Legislature on Monday, after rising concerns about the company’s costs of operation as a Crown corporation.
Bringing B.C. Ferries under the Ministry of Transportation would allow it to be financed by taxpayers all across the province, similar to how highways on land are funded throughout BC.
However, according to CBC, the NDP government is not considering governing the ferry system right now.
They will instead be reviewing the current BC Ferries model to increase accessibility and affordability for people who frequently use the system.
So far, the new provincial government has moved forward with their promise to freeze fares on major BC Ferries routes, reduce rates on minor routes by 15%, and bring back a seniors’ discount.