The federal government and Halifax Regional Municipality will spend $3.2 million to replace the floating dock where passengers embark and disembark the Halifax harbour ferry at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth.
Halifax Transit says the new concrete pontoon barge will be in place by next spring. It will save $350,000 in maintenance over the next five years.
The existing structure where the ferries dock was installed when the terminal was built in 1979.
Although the province is not contributing any money to the project, the McNeil government sent Halifax Chebucto Liberal MLA Joachim Stroink to the event to deliver remarks from the podium.
Stroink told CBC News afterwards he was there to support the other levels of government. Scott Brison, federal Treasury Board president, made the announcement on behalf of the federal government. Mayor Mike Savage spoke for Halifax.
The municipality is contributing $1.8 million, more than half the cost. The provincial government administers the infrastructure program where the funding came from.