Government of Canada invests in safety at North Peace Regional Airport

News Release

September 9, 2016 – Fort St. John, British Columbia – Transport Canada

Canadians, tourists and businesses benefit from safe and well-maintained regional airports. From visiting friends and family, to traveling to medical appointments, to getting goods to market, we rely on our local airports to support vibrant and sustainable communities. Regional airports also provide essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue and forest fire response.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and Jim McKnight, President of the North Peace Airport Society, today announced the completion of a safety improvement project at the North Peace Regional Airport.

The Airport recently received delivery of two new aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles (ARFF), at a cost of $1.9 million provided by the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP). Included in the delivery were ancillary equipment such as axes, pry bars, fire resisting blankets, stretchers, breathing apparatus for firefighters, and communications equipment, and eight sets of bunker gear which is specialized clothing designed to protect the ARFF crew from high levels of radiant heat.


"The Government of Canada recognizes that safe and efficient airports are vital to the economic and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting personal travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. The North Peace Regional Airport is an important transportation hub in this region and our investment in these two ARFFs is helping to improve safety of this key airport."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

"The North Peace Regional Airport is vital to the growth of the North Peace region and a key component in community development through carrier and route options. With ongoing project support from the Government of Canada, the airport is able to continue to address the region's increased travel demands and passenger growth. With ACAP's support, the purchase of new aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles will assist in ensuring the safe and efficient operation at our airport."
Jim McKnight
President, North Peace Airport Society

Quick Facts

  • To date, through ACAP, the North Peace Regional Airport has received over $14.5 million in funding for 13 safety projects, including this completed project.
  • Previous projects included the rehabilitation of Taxiways A and B, the airfield apron, and edge lighting; the rehabilitation of pavement on Runway 11-29; and the replacement of a self-propelled snowblower and two runway sweepers.
  • Since the Program’s launch in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested more than $736 million for 848 projects at 179 airports across the country.

Associated Links


Delphine Denis
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

Mike Whalley
Managing Director
North Peace Regional Airport
250-787-0426, extension 223

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