Government of Canada investing in safety at the Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport

News release

March 12, 2019              Sarnia, Ontario              Transport Canada

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

Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science and Sport and to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility and Member of Parliament for London West, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced a Government of Canada investment to rehabilitate Taxiway B and the apron at the Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport.

The investment of $583,665  includes placing new asphalt on Taxiway B and a portion of the main apron, and upgrading airfield guidance signs associated with Runway 15-33 and Taxiway B.

Well maintained runways, taxiways and aprons ensure safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and help protect costly airport safety assets, such as snow clearing equipment and aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, during airport operations.


“The Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport is an important hub for residents and businesses in this region. This investment will help ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for Sarnia residents, many of whom depend on their local airports not only for personal travel and business, but also for access to specialized and emergency medical care in larger centres.”

Kate Young
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science and Sport and to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility and Member of Parliament for London West

“Our Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

Quick facts

  • This funding comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).

  • Since the Program started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested more than $882.7 million for 948 projects at 186 airports across the country.

  • To date, the Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport has received more than $3.1 million in ACAP funding for 10 safety projects, including the rehabilitation of the taxiway and apron, new snow-clearing equipment and airside electrical upgrades.

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Delphine Denis
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport, Ottawa

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

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