The Government of Canada invests in transportation infrastructure at the Saint John Airport in New Brunswick to enhance operational safety

News release

The Government of Canada supports infrastructure projects that create quality middle-class jobs and boost economic growth

April 11, 2018    Saint John, New Brunswick    Transport Canada

The quality of Canada’s transportation infrastructure and the efficiency of the country’s trade corridors is key to the success of Canadian firms in the global marketplace.

Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced a major investment of $10,134,500 to ensure the Saint John Airport remains a key driver of economic activity in the region. The two runways, the public taxiway and aprons will be rehabilitated, and major cracks in the pavement will be repaired, and the drainage system will be fixed. Runways will be narrowed to comply with the latest airport design standards and to minimize annual routine maintenance and operating costs.

Also, runway end safety areas will be added to both runways to significantly enhance operational safety at the airport. The Safety Related Airfield Modernization Investment Project is a project of the Saint John Airport in partnership with the Government of New Brunswick.

The Government of Canada is supporting infrastructure projects that contribute most to Canada’s continued success in international trade.  For example, projects being funded will:

  • support economic activity and the physical movement of goods or people in Canada;
  • help the transportation system withstand the effects of climate change and make sure it is able to support new technologies and innovation;
  • address transportation bottlenecks and congestion along Canada’s trade corridors; and
  • increase the fluidity of Canadian trade around the world through our ports, airports, roads, railways, intermodal facilities, bridges and border crossings.

Provincial, territorial and municipal governments, Indigenous groups, not-for-profit and for-profit private-sector organizations, federal Crown Corporations, Canadian Port Authorities, and National Airport System Airport Authorities are all eligible for funding under the National trade Corridors Fund.

For more information about the National Trade Corridors Fund please visit


“Our government is investing in Canada’s economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors. We are supporting projects that will efficiently move commercial goods to market and people to their destinations, stimulate economic growth, create quality middle-class jobs, and ensure that Canada’s transportation networks remain competitive and efficient.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

“Transportation and distribution of goods are a vital part of our local, regional and national economies. The investment announced here today will make our transportation system stronger by addressing urgent capacity constraints at the Saint John Airport and fostering long-term prosperity for our community.”

Wayne Long,
Member of Parliament for Saint John-Rothesay

“As part of our multi-year economic growth plan, your government is committed to making strategic investments in key infrastructure that will grow the New Brunswick economy and create jobs. Investing in the Saint John Airport will positively impact our economy and the quality of life in our province.”

The Honourable Brian Gallant
Premier of New Brunswick

Quick facts

  • This project will strengthen the safety and sustainability of the Saint John Airport, which is part of the National Airports System.  The 26 airports in the National Airports System serve about 90 per cent of all scheduled passenger and cargo traffic in Canada, and handle almost all of Canada's international trade flows by air.

  • Transportation is an important element of Canada’s trade with other countries. In 2017, total international merchandise trade amounted to $1,107 trillion. The United States continued to be Canada’s top trade partner, with $702.9 billion in trade ($414.9 billion exported, $288.0 billion imported), accounting for 63.5 per cent of total Canadian trade in 2017.

  • The Government of Canada places a strong emphasis on exports because of the connection between trade and good, well-paying jobs, as industries that are export-intensive pay wages that are, on average, more than 50 per cent higher than industries that are not.

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

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

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