Government of Canada investing in safety at the Bathurst Regional Airport

News release

August 4, 2021    Bathurst, New Brunswick    Transport Canada

From travelling to medical appointments, getting goods to market, distributing Personal Protective Equipment (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 Member of Parliament for Acadie—Bathurst, Serge Cormier, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, today announced that the Government of Canada is making important safety investments at the Bathurst Regional Airport.

Through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program, the Government of Canada will provide $156,000 to the airport for equipment including a de-icing trailer, a runway condition reporting system, and a friction tester. This equipment will help maintain safety for passengers, air crews and airport workers.

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

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

Serge Cormier
Member of Parliament for Acadie—Bathurst

“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.

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Contacts

Allison St-Jean
Senior Communications Advisor and Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Omar Alghabra
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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