Government of Canada investing in safety at the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport

News release

April 24, 2019    Sydney, Nova Scotia    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.

Rodger Cuzner, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and Member of Parliament for Cape Breton—Canso, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced a Government of Canada investment to replace a towed sweeper at the  J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. The investment of $226,100 for the sweeper allows for the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron. Mr. Cuzner also viewed two recently completed projects to rehabilitate Taxiway J2 and its drainage, and to replace a snowblower. The value of these two projects is $970,081. 
Well maintained runways, taxiways and aprons that are clear of ice and snow are key to ensuring safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and help protect costly airport safety assets, such as aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, during airport operations.


“The J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport is an important hub for residents and businesses in this region. These investments  help ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for Sydney 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.”

Rodger Cuzner
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and
Member of Parliament for Cape Breton—Canso

“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 J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport has received more than $16.2 million in ACAP funding for 27 safety projects, including new snow-clearing equipment, two aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles and the rehabilitation of Taxiway J2.

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

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

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