04/07/2016 12:51 EDT | Updated 04/08/2017 01:12 EDT

Tickets for Yarmouth-Maine ferry to go on sale as early as Monday: minister

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's transport minister says tickets for the revamped ferry service to Maine should go on sale this Monday.

Geoff MacLellan says Bay Ferries made the commitment earlier and he expects the company to keep its promise.

MacLellan says the province was thrilled to learn the federal government set aside funds for ferry services in its spring budget, but the province has yet to hear whether it will get any money.

The province has faced stiff criticism for the 10-year deal it signed last month with Bay Ferries, with some critics saying the government is taking on too much risk in the venture.

Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie issued a statement today saying the government's $10.2-million subsidy over two years amounts to a $170 subsidy for each expected passenger, assuming Bay Ferries meets its goals.

MacLellan says the deal is the best the province could do after a rigorous review process.

The Canadian Press