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What people are saying about shore power for Victoria's cruise ship port

George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy –

“As part of our CleanBC commitments, our government supports projects to reduce emissions that directly contribute to climate change. Providing ships with a clean power source benefits the health and well-being of the local community, benefits global efforts to combat climate change and encourages the industry to become more environmentally sustainable.”

Lana Popham, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport –

“Cruise ship season is fast approaching here in B.C.! This part of our tourism industry contributes more than $143 million annually and supports over 800 jobs in Greater Victoria. The shore power project at Ogden Point is an exciting development that aligns with our Strategic Framework for Tourism by supporting responsible travel and building a cleaner tourism industry for everyone.”

Josie Osborne, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation –

“Our province is a leader in the global journey away from fossil fuels and toward powering more of our homes, workplaces and industries with clean electricity. Our investment in shore power will dramatically reduce emissions for cleaner air that will benefit British Columbians and enhance Victoria’s Ogden Point as a world-class destination for cruise ships and their passengers.”

Grace Lore, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill –

“James Bay is home to beautiful Beacon Hill Park and the much-loved coastline along Dallas Road. Implementing electric shore power for cruise ships is a crucial step toward protecting the health and beauty of the neighbourhood. It reduces air and noise pollution for residents and supports responsible environmental stewardship.”

Kelly Craighead, president and CEO, Cruise Lines International Association –

“This project in Victoria aligns with our objective of achieving net-zero carbon cruising by 2050. Shore power is one of the pathways we are pursuing towards that goal, along with sustainable fuels and further technological advancements. In fact, 98% of global cruise capacity currently on the order book through 2028 is either committed to be fitted with shore-side electricity systems or will be configured to add shore-side power in the future. We look forward to working closely with the GVHA, Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada on the design, financing and timing details for shore power in Victoria.”

Marianne Alto, mayor of Victoria –

"We appreciate the Province investing in the city's visitor industry. Shore power is a significant step towards sustainable tourism that supports our local economy and prioritizes the health and well-being of our residents, community, and the environment.”

Bruce Williams, CEO, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce –

“Innovation led by business is key to addressing the biggest challenges facing our community and our planet. Adding shore power to Ogden Point benefits people living nearby. It also shows how the cruise ship industry is adapting to public demand and embracing new ways of doing business. The chamber has a long history of working closely with all levels of government and the cruise industry. We are grateful for the work of Minister Fleming to help champion this important project for our region.”