A Request for Qualifications has gone out for the design and construction of a modern Belleville Terminal. The RFQ will lead to a shortlist for the Request for Proposals to carry out the upgrades to the terminal.
The project has a $303.9 million budgets and is expected to be completed ahead of the 2028 tourism season. The federal government has confirmed $41.6 million for the project.
After the upgrade, the terminal will be in compliance with the Canada-U.S. Land, Rail, Marine and Air Transport Preclearance Agreement, allowing passengers to complete the US customs and immigration process in Victoria, prior to disembarking in the United States.
The Songhees Nation and Esquimalt Nation will be able to showcase the cultural and geographical significance of the project’s location, and welcome visitors into Lekwungen territory.
Travellers spend approximately $174 million annually, generating $268 million in economic output and $155 million in provincial gross domestic product (GDP).
"As a gateway to Canada, to British Columbia and to our region, Belleville Terminal serves as a vital connection point for trade and tourism. The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has made the case for modernization for more than 20 years," Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. "I'm encouraged to see progress being made now. There is an urgency to ensure Belleville can continue to serve as an important border crossing and point of entry, and the time is now for this project to happen."