Government of Canada investing in safety at the Northern Rockies Regional Airport

News release

May 10, 2019          Fort Nelson, British Columbia          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.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced a Government of Canada investment of $356,680 for the purchase of a grader at the Northern Rockies Regional Airport in Fort Nelson, British Columbia. This equipment will assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron.   

Well maintained runways, taxiways and aprons that are kept clear of ice and snow are key to ensuring safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and help protect costly airport assets, such as snow clearing equipment and aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, during airport operations.

Quotes

“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 $882.70 million for 948 projects at 186 airports across the country.

  • To date, the Northern Rockies Regional Airport has received more than $11.7 million in ACAP funding for 15 safety projects, including the rehabilitation and reconfiguration of the apron; the rehabilitation of airfield lighting systems; the replacement of a self-propelled snowblower and front-end loader; and the installation of a runway condition reporting system.

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Contacts

Delphine Denis
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport, Ottawa
613-991-0700
Delphine.Denis@tc.gc.ca

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055
media@tc.gc.ca


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