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Brandon celebrates newly expanded municipal airport and announces further upgrades

BRANDON, MBJuly 14, 2017 /CNW/ – Safe, secure and efficient transportation are crucial to supporting economic activity, promoting tourism and providing greater access to global markets.
Today, the Honourable Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba, joined Rick Chrest, Mayor of Brandon and community members to celebrate the completion of the Brandon Municipal Airport expansion project.    The representatives also took the occasion to announce new federal-provincial-municipal funding of up to $2.5 million for the replacement of the airport maintenance building.
The airport terminal has been renovated and expanded to three times its former size.    Among the many features is a new arrival hall and departure lounge, a dedicated security screening area, as well as check-in, retail, washroom and office space. Along with upgrades to the mechanical systems, fibre optic cable was installed to improve reliability and increase capacity of airport operations, and the terminal now offers to passengers the convenience of free Wi-Fi for more reliable internet and social media connectivity.
The aging existing maintenance building will be replaced with a larger, more modern building with improved structural features that will greatly increase the safety and efficiency of the space.   These projects will contribute to increasing the overall safety and capacity of the airport and operations facilities.    Passengers will enjoy a more comfortable and efficient travel experience.

“Our government is committed to investing in strategic infrastructure projects that directly support economic growth and jobs for Manitobans.    We are proud of our role in the redevelopment of the Brandon Municipal Airport as this project reflects our commitment to ensuring value for money as we rebuild our provincial infrastructure.    The expanded airport terminal, along with the additional funding announced today for further upgrades, will enable Brandon to be a competitive force in attracting both business and leisure travelers to conventions, conferences and new sporting and regional events, injecting new dollars into the economy.”

The Honourable Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba
“The completion of this expansion project is great news for people traveling through Brandon – whether for work or leisure.    The Government of Canada is pleased to have invested in the Brandon Municipal Airport, which created good paying jobs and opportunities for the middle class and those working to join it.    I am confident that with the completion of this project, and the further upgrades announced today, we will increase the Airport’s capacity and efficiency, which will have a lasting, positive impact on the region’s economic growth and development.”

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Our expanded airport facility will serve not only the residents of Brandon, but the entire southwestern Manitoba region in its growing desire for closer and more convenient air travel options.    The much-needed expansion has now elevated Brandon’s capacity as a regional travel hub and we are confident it can be the catalyst for enhanced economic growth and continued prosperity for our region.”

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • For the Airport Expansion Project the Government of Canada is contributing up to $2.9 million, while the Government of Manitoba is contributing up to $3.4 million to this project.   The City of Brandon is contributing the balance of funding for a total estimated cost of $11.26 million.
  • For the Airport Maintenance Building Replacement Project, the governments of Canada and Manitoba are each providing $833,333.    The City of Brandon is also providing $833,333, bringing the total federal-provincial-municipal contribution to $2.5 million.

Major investment for Rouyn-Noranda Airport

ROUYN-NORANDA, QCJuly 10, 2017 /CNW/ – The Governments of Canada and Quebec recognize the importance of investing in local airports, which connect rural communities to the country’s major centres and provide safe and effective essential services for passengers.    These investments help meet the needs of growing communities, create jobs, and make the regional economy more productive.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and Luc Blanchette, Quebec’s Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region and the Nord-du-Québec Region, today announced that the Governments of Canada and Quebec will invest nearly $24.8 million into the expansion and upgrading of the Rouyn-Noranda Airport.VV This assistance comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund.    The City of Rouyn-Noranda will also provide nearly $12.4 million, bringing the total government and municipal investment to nearly $37.2 million.
The project primarily involves the construction of a new two-floor terminal, tripling the surface area of the current building.    Related work includes expanding the parking lot, redeveloping the access lanes, and refurbishing the airport’s water and sewer systems and electric power plant.  When finished, this project will help address an anticipated increase in the number of passengers using this major regional airport.    The additional space will improve the efficiency and capacity of the airport.

“We are making investments that have an immediate positive effect on people’s quality of life, while laying solid foundations for economic growth and creating good middle-class jobs.    Renewing public infrastructure is key to creating strong communities, which is why I’m very pleased to announce this financial assistance that will help expand the Rouyn-Noranda Airport, one of Quebec’s largest regional airports.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“The Rouyn-Noranda Airport is already one of the busiest regional airports in Quebec.    This essential investment in this infrastructure will help to boost the economic development of our region.    The positive outcome that we are announcing today demonstrates the importance that the Government of Quebec places on regional air transportation.”  Luc Blanchette, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region and the Nord-du-Québec Region, on behalf of Laurent Lessard, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification.
“This is much more than just a terminal expansion project!    This support from both levels of government demonstrates their recognition of the importance of the Rouyn-Noranda Regional Airport, which remains first in its category for passenger movements throughout Québec with more than 150,000 users per year.”   Mario Provencher, Mayor of Rouyn-Noranda

Quick facts
The Small Communities Fund (SCF) is a joint federal-provincial program coordinated by Infrastructure Canada, in partnership with the provinces and territories.    In Quebec, the Fund is managed by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy.  The purpose of this program is to provide financial support to Canadian municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents so that they can maintain and improve airport infrastructure, among other things.

  • The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit, green and social infrastructure, transportation infrastructure that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities
  • The 2017-2027 Quebec Infrastructure Plan calls for $7 billion in investments in municipal infrastructure under the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy.    When combined with contributions from the Government of Canada and municipalities, this means $15 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebe cover the next 10 years.