Charlo Regional Airport Authority Inc. is receiving $150,000 from federal government to maintain regional connectivity and jobs 

News release

August 5, 2021 · Charlo, New Brunswick · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Regional air transportation is crucial to local economic growth, the movement of goods and the connectivity of Canadians across the country. The pandemic has had major impacts on regional air transportation ecosystems, impacting communities and local businesses from coast to coast to coast.

The Government of Canada’s Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI), launched in March 2021, supports access to air transportation and regional ecosystems. In particular, it enables the continuation of existing air routes and ensures airports remain operational and able to contribute to regional economic growth, while adapting to new post-COVID-19 realities and requirements.

Federal government supports operating capital, establishing routes

With this in mind, René Arseneault, Member of Parliament for Madawaska Restigouche, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, today announced $150,000 in financial support for the Charlo Regional Airport Authority Inc.

The Charlo Airport serves a large region of northern New Brunswick as well as the Gaspé Peninsula. It is an important catalyst linking the economic needs and growth opportunities of the region. This non-repayable contribution will enable the airport to maintain operations and essential services.

Regional air transportation is key to the economic development of communities and businesses right across Canada. It is essential to connecting Canadians living in rural and remote communities to urban centres, delivering Canadian goods to the global market and welcoming international visitors to all parts of the country, when it is safe to do so. 

Quotes

“It is important to protect our regional air transportation ecosystems for the thousands of workers employed by this sector and for the many businesses and communities that depend on it. We know that air connectivity to all regions is essential to healthy, inclusive economic growth, and supporting it is part of our plan to build back a stronger, more resilient economy.”

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

 “The Charlo Regional Airport is a critical piece of infrastructure that supports growth and economic development for local communities in northern New Brunswick. This funding will help the Airport maintain its operations and continue to provide a valuable service as we move toward a post-pandemic recovery. ”

René Arseneault, Member of Parliament for Madawaska Restigouche 

“Today we especially want to thank the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic
Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA as well as René Arseneault, Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche. With these funds we will be able to maintain and improve the operations of our regional airport and continue to develop and increase economic growth in Northern New Brunswick.”

Brad Mann, Vice-Chair, Charlo Regional Airport Authority Inc.

Quick facts

  • The Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI), administered by the regional development agencies (RDAs), has a national budget of $206 million.

  • The Initiative supports regional air ecosystems—which include regional air carriers and airports, as well as SMEs and non-profit organizations—in developing and implementing enhanced services for improved regional connectivity.

  • The RATI complements measures implemented by Transport Canada.

  • The Charlo Regional Airport Authority oversees the operations and maintenance of a 6,000 foot airfield, 19,000 square foot airport terminal and 665 acres of land that encompass the aerodrome.  

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Contacts

Catherine Mounier-Desrochers
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages
catherine.mounier-desrochers@canada.ca

Samantha Michaud
Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Samantha.michaud@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

Brad Mann
Vice-Chair
(506)-760-1960
Bradmann35@hotmail.com

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