Category: Transport Canada

New project to strengthen Alberta’s airport infrastructure resilience to climate change

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CALGARY, May 15, 2019 /CNW/ – Much of Canada’s trade moves through federal transportation assets, such as major ports, airports, and land border crossings. These assets are vital to the country’s trade and economic competitiveness. In this era of rapidly moving global supply chains, they are part of a transportation system that must be reliable, efficient and resilient to various stressors, including climate and weather.

Mr. Kent Hehr, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced funding that will help us understand how climate change affects federal transportation assets.

Through the Transportation Assets Risk Assessment Program, the Government of Canada is investing over $290,000 in Alberta’s airports to strengthen the transportation system and address the various stressors caused by climate and extreme weather events.

With the funding, Calgary Airport Authority will develop a screening process to evaluate the potential disruptions extreme weather could cause to the daily operations of Calgary International Airport and Springbank Airport.

By funding projects that assess climate risk, the Government of Canada is taking action to protect Canadians and their communities from the effects of climate change while strengthening the resilience of the transportation system.

Quotes

“Extreme weather events are occurring more frequently, causing costly damage in our communities. These disruptions have an impact on Canadians that depend on their roads, airports, and other transportation infrastructure to deliver necessities like food and medicine. The government is supporting research projects that are helping Alberta, and the rest of Canada, build its resilience to the effects of climate change.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

“From floods to fires, Albertans are all too familiar with the dangerous effects of climate change. Today’s funding from our federal government will help the Calgary International Airport and Springbank Airport to better evaluate and plan for future extreme weather, and build the resilience of our transportation infrastructure.”

Kent Hehr
Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre

Quick Facts

  • Climate change and extreme weather events can damage transportation infrastructure such as roads, bridges, rail lines, ports and airports, which can cause costly travel and transport delays, undermining the safety, efficiency, and reliability of our transportation system.
  • The Transportation Assets Risk Assessment program funds the assessment of climate risk to provide information to asset owners and operators on what infrastructure components may be vulnerable to climate and weather-related hazards to support investment and asset management planning.

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

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FORT NELSON, BC, May 10, 2019 /CNW/ – 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.

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“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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Government of Canada investing in safety at the Prince Albert (Glass Field) Airport

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PRINCE ALBERT, SK, May 10, 2019 /CNW/ -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 $719,205for two safety improvement projects at the Prince Albert (Glass Field) Airport in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan:  the purchase of a grader and the rehabilitation of airside edge lighting, signage and the airfield lighting control system. The grader, valued at $353,440 will assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron. The rehabilitation project, valued at $365,765, includes replacing airside lighting with LED lights for clearer visibility.   

Well maintained and highly visible 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

“The Prince Albert (Glass Field) Airport is an important hub for residents and businesses in this region. These investments will help ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for Prince Albert residents, many of whom depend on their local airports not only for personal travel and community resupply, but also for access to specialized and emergency medical care in larger centres.”

The Honourable Ralph Goodale
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for (Regina—Wascana)

“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 Prince Albert (Glass Field) Airport has received more than $12.2 million in ACAP funding for 13 safety projects, including the rehabilitation of pavement on Runway 08-26; the rehabilitation and reconfiguration of the taxiway and apron; the upgrade of airfield lighting systems; and the purchase of a runway snowblower, front-end loader and sweeper.

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Government of Canada investing in safety at the Northwest Regional Airport

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TERRACE, BC, May 10, 2019 /CNW/ – 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 $214,008  for the purchase of a grader at the Northwest Regional Airport in Terrace, 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 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 snow clearing equipment and aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, during airport operations.

Quote

“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 Northwest Regional Airport has received more than $18.5 million in ACAP funding for 21 safety projects, including the purchase of two aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles and the construction of a shelter, rehabilitation of the pavement on Runway 15-33, and the rehabilitation of airfield electrical systems.

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

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SYDNEY, NS, April 24, 2019 /CNW/ – 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.

Quotes

“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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Government of Canada investing in safety at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport

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SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, April 18, 2019 /CNW/ – 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 Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for University—Rosedale, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced a Government of Canada investment to install an integrated radio alarm system, known as IRAS, at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport.

The investment of $16,250 for the IRAS will improve emergency response by allowing radio communication between the control tower and the fire hall, security station and individual wireless radios. Minister Freeland also toured the recently completed projects to rehabilitate airside essential power systems and the purchase of an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle and associated equipment. The value of these two projects is more than $1.1 million.

A well maintained airport emergency communications system, a reliable electrical system, and state-of-the-art emergency rescue vehicles and equipment are key to ensuring the safety of passengers, aircraft and crews.

Quotes

“People in Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding region depend on their airport not only for personal and business travel, but also for access to specialized and emergency medical care. The investment announced today will ensure continued safe and reliable service for this important hub.”

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for University—Rosedale

“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 Sault Ste. Marie Airport has received more than $10.3 million in ACAP funding for 22 safety projects, including the installation of an integrated radio alarm system, replacement of an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle, rehabilitation of airside essential power systems and the purchase of new snow-clearing equipment.

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Government of Canada investing in safety at Charlo Regional Airport

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CHARLO, NB, April 16, 2019 /CNW/ – 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 visited the Charlo Regional Airport to highlight the recent completion of three safety improvement projects: the purchase of a loader with attachments, a runway snow blower and a friction tester. The loader and snow blower help keep runways, taxiways and the apron clear of ice and snow, and the friction tester will provide timely, accurate and precise wireless recording of runway surface conditions.

Funding of $706,750 came from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program for these three projects.

Minister Garneau was also updated on the pending delivery of a $246,000 plow truck with dry material spreader. This equipment is also being funded through the Airports Capital Assistance Program.

A well maintained runway, taxiway and apron free of ice and snow, along with timely reporting of runway landing conditions, are key to ensuring safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, as well as helping to protect costly airport safety assets during airport operations.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada recognizes the important role played by Canada’s local airports in supporting jobs and tourism, enabling investment and facilitating trade. Our investments are helping airports increase safety and accessibility for residents and travellers, while supporting the continued growth of local and regional economies.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

“The Charlo Regional Airport is an important hub for residents and businesses in Northern New Brunswick and the Gaspé Peninsula. These investments help ensure continued safe airport operations for passengers, crews and employees, while supporting the regional economy and its social development.”

René Arseneault
Member of Parliament for Madawaska—Restigouche

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The Government of Canada concludes an important chapter concerning surplus land in the former Mirabel airport reserve

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MIRABEL, QC, April 15, 2019 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada is committed to furthering important socio-economic objectives that contribute to the growth and development of communities across Canada.

Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced that it is restarting the process to sell surplus lands from the former Mirabel airport reserve that began in 2008. The purpose of that announcement was the sale of 748 acres to the previous owners expropriated in 1969 or to their estates.

The lands are located in the unleased sector of the Mirabel airport reserve and remained vacant after the owners were expropriated in 1969. The lands were initially part of the Sales Program of 11,000 acres of land at Mirabel, announced on December 18, 2006, and launched in December 2008. This program ended on March 31, 2013, after being extended for two consecutive periods of one year each.

The Government of Canada supports the process that began several years ago. It held consultations with several stakeholders before making a final decision. Recognizing the importance of economic development in this region, the Government of Canada is open to having discussions both with the City of Mirabel and Indigenous groups. These discussions will seek to identify potential future surplus lands in the region and discuss their potential use.

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“This initiative shows the Government of Canada’s commitment to support farmers and the development of rural communities. This sale will help entrepreneurship in the Mirabel region to pursue its agricultural activities for future generations and to support the economy and social development in Canada.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • In 2011, the unleased sector was excluded from the Sales Program of 11,000 acres of land at Mirabel in 2011, as these parcels were not accessible by public road. Before being able to sell this land, Transport Canada needed to open it up. The complexity and duration of this process drove the decision to remove this land from the program and to sell it after the program expiration date.
  • On May 10, 2016, Transport Canada and the City of Mirabel signed a bill of sale for an old road bed at Mirabel in order to open up the unleased sector.
  • The sector consists of forested land, encumbered by easements for the operation of the airport and for the protection of a wetland site, still owned by Transport Canada.

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Government of Canada investing in safety at the Lloydminster Municipal Airport

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LLOYDMINSTER, AB, April 9, 2019 /CNW/ – 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 to rehabilitate airside pavement at the Lloydminster Municipal Airport. The investment of $5,263,885 includes the rehabilitation of pavement on the runway, taxiway, and apron, as well as the removal of a holding bay near Taxiway A.

Well maintained runways, taxiways and aprons ensure safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and help protect costly airport safety assets, such as snow clearing equipment and aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, during airport operations.

Quote

“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 Lloydminster Municipal Airport has received more than $7.9 million in ACAP funding for five safety projects, including the rehabilitation of airside pavement and new snow-clearing equipment.

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Government of Canada investing in safety at the Gillam Airport

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GILLAM, MB, April 9, 2019 /CNW/ – 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 for the purchase of aggregate and granular base material for the Gillam Airport. The investment of $3,686,200 includes supplying 15,000 cubic metres of aggregate material sufficient to place a 150-mm compact lift on Runway 05-23, Taxiway A and the main apron, and a 17,000 cubic metre stockpile of granular base material to be used for yearly resurfacing over a 10-year period. The aggregate material will be hauled and stockpiled at the Airport’s designated site.

Well maintained runways, taxiways and aprons are key to ensuring safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and help protect costly airport safety assets, such as snow clearing equipment, during airport operations.

Quote

“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 Gillam Airport has received more than $7.6 million in ACAP funding for six safety projects, including the aggregate supply, new snow-clearing equipment and the rehabilitation of the runway, taxiway and apron.

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