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Marine Atlantic Expands Canadian Forces Appreciation Fare

March 06, 2012

Paul Griffin, President and CEO of Marine Atlantic, today announced that Marine Atlantic will expand its Canadian Forces Appreciation Fare to a year-round program without restrictions limiting the number of spaces available on each crossing. This program is available to Canadian Forces personnel, veterans and up to three companions on the same reservation.

The Canadian Forces Appreciation Fare will provide members and veterans of the Canadian Forces with free passenger fare on the Port aux Basques/North Sydney ferry route. Additionally, members will receive a 50 per cent discount on their passenger fare when travelling on the Argentia/North Sydney ferry service.

"Marine Atlantic is continuing its strong support for the men and women in uniform who serve to defend and protect our great nation and I am proud of their decision to continue the Canadian Forces Appreciation Fare," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "Our government is a strong supporter of the Canadian Forces and their families and we whole heartedly believe morale boosting initiatives such as the Canadian Forces Appreciation Fare help Canadian Forces members to explore the country for which they sacrifice so much."

"We are pleased to expand this program in appreciation of the commitment and service of the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces," said Mr. Griffin. "Since the program's introduction in 2009, more than 37,000 passengers have travelled using this fare. It is widely popular amongst our military personnel and their families and expanding the program is another way to strengthen an already positive initiative. I look forward to seeing more of our Canadian Forces personnel travelling with Marine Atlantic this year and thank them for their continued efforts here at home and around the world each and every day."

The Canadian Forces Appreciation Fare is now a year-round program available on every passengerrelated Marine Atlantic crossing and can be booked beginning on March 6, 2012, through Marine Atlantic reservations at 1-800-341-7981. The fare is not available through online booking. Members of the military and veterans may book anytime by presenting required identification. Marine Atlantic's fare structure is set by the Corporation's Board of Directors.

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Media Contact:

Tara Laing, Communications Manager

Telephone: 709.772.8974

Email: tlaing@marine-atlantic.ca

BACKGROUNDER

Canadian Forces Appreciation Fare

Marine Atlantic provides an essential transportation service between Newfoundland and Labrador and the mainland portion of Canada.

The Canadian Forces Appreciation Fare is available to qualified individuals on a year-round basis for Marine Atlantic's Port aux Basques/North Sydney and Argentia/North Sydney ferry services. The fare will be applied to new and existing reservations for individuals who qualify. Members of the Canadian Forces may book this travel as often as they wish.

Eligibility

For the purpose of this promotion Canadian Forces personnel are defined as active or retired members of the army, navy, air force or reserves.

An eligible individual must possess one of the following pieces of identification at the time of booking a reservation and must also present it at the time of travel:

  • ID Cards for the Department of National Defence (Cards: NDI 20, NDI 30, NDI 50, DND 2262);
  • Record of Service Card (NDI 75 or CF-75) retired military; or
  • Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Benefit Card for veterans.

The Canadian Forces Appreciation Fare is designed to thank current and past members of our armed forces by providing them with a discount when travelling for personal reasons. Therefore, to qualify individuals must be travelling either in a personal vehicle (PRV) or as a walk-on customer. This discount is not provided in conjunction with other special fares such as group rates.

Details of the special fares

Port aux Basques/North Sydney ferry service

Members of the Canadian Forces, plus up to three additional persons travelling in the same vehicle on the same reservation, are entitled to complimentary passenger travel on the Port aux Basques/North Sydney ferry service. Please note vehicle fares are not included in this promotion.

Members of the Canadian Forces travelling without a vehicle and up to three additional persons on the same reservation are entitled to complimentary travel on the Port aux Basques/North Sydney ferry service provided they book in advance.

Argentia/North Sydney ferry service

Members of the Canadian Forces, plus up to three additional persons travelling in the same vehicle on the same reservation, are entitled to travel at a discount of 50 per cent off passenger fare on the Argentia/North Sydney ferry service. Please note vehicle fares are not included in this promotion. Members of the Canadian Forces travelling without a vehicle and up to three additional persons on the same reservation are entitled to travel at a discount of 50 per cent off the passenger fare on the Argentia/North Sydney ferry service provided they book in advance.

Booking a reservation

Marine Atlantic requires a reservation to travel on all of its vessels. To book this special promotion beginning on March 6, 2012, current or former members of the Canadian Forces should:

  • Telephone Marine Atlantic's reservations line at: 1-800-341-7981 (this special fare is not available through our online reservations system); and
  • Request the Canadians Forces Appreciation Fare at the time of booking.

The primary individual on the reservation must be a qualified member of the Canadian Forces (not necessarily the driver of the vehicle). At the time of making the reservation, the Canadian Forces member must provide the identification number located on one of the accepted forms of identification.

Please note: Customers reserving under this fare will be subject to all of Marine Atlantic's travel and change policies.

At time of travel

As proof of entitlement, upon check-in, the primary individual on the reservation will be required to present the same form of identification as utilized when reserving the ticket.

Please Note: If proper identification is not presented at check-in, then the reservation will be modified and customer(s) will be required to pay regular fare.