Government of Canada investing in safety at airports in Manitoba

News release

May 19, 2021    Ottawa    Transport Canada

From traveling to medical appointments, getting goods to market, distributing PPE and medical supplies, or delivering vaccines, Canadians rely on safe and well-maintained local airports to support vibrant communities. These airports also provide essential air services, more so during this Covid-19 pandemic, including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue, and forest fire response.

The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra today announced that the Government of Canada is making important safety investments at airports in Manitoba.

Through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP), the Government of Canada will provide over $21.9 million to the following Manitoba airports for safety-related projects:

Flin Flon

  • Replacement of sand storage shed - $287,071
  • Replacement of airport beacon to better identify the airport’s location to pilots at night - $16,088

Gods Lake Narrows

  • Rehabilitation of airside surfaces and electrical systems - $12,872,635

Lac Brochet

  • Installation of wildlife control fencing - $1,156,265

Red Sucker Lake

  • Installation of wildlife control fencing - $1,000,203

Shamattawa

  • Rehabilitation of airside surfaces - $6,282,716

Thompson

  • Purchase of a sweeper to assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from airside surfaces - $355,680

For 2021-2022, Transport Canada has allocated ACAP funding to 63 airports for 86 safety-related projects,   including runway and taxiway repairs/rehabilitation, lighting enhancements, purchasing snow clearing equipment and firefighting vehicles and installing wildlife fencing.

Since the Airports Capital Assistance Program started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested over   $1.1 billion for 1,088 projects at 199 airports across the country.

Quotes

“We know how vital airports are to urban centres and remote communities. The investment our government is making will help ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for residents, many of whom depend on their local airports not only for personal travel and business, but also for community resupply of essential goods and access to routine and emergency medical care in larger centres. This is part of how we build stronger more resilient and inclusive communities across Canada.”

The Honourable Jim Carr
Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies and Member
of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre

“Our Government recognizes that airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities, and local airport workers. In addition to supporting personal travel, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, reliable and efficient air transportation options, and will help us deliver our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada. This is more important than ever as we work towards reopening our economies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

Quick facts

  • As announced in the Fall Economic Statement (FES) 2020, the Airports Capital Assistance Program received a one-time funding top-up of $186 million over two years.

  • As well, the FES announced the temporary expansion of eligibility for the Airports Capital Assistance Program   to allow National Airport System (NAS) airports with less than one million annual passengers in 2019 to apply for funding under the Program in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.

  • The eligible NAS airports are: Gander; Charlottetown; Saint John; Fredericton; Moncton; Thunder Bay; London; and Prince George.

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Contacts

Allison St-Jean
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Minister of Transport
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Allison.St-Jean@tc.gc.ca

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

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