Government of Canada supports Victoria International Airport with new funding for critical infrastructure projects

Transport Canada

VICTORIA, BC, May 25, 2022 /CNW/ – As Canada works towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, investments in our airport infrastructure continue to be crucial to maintain safety, security, and connectivity for travellers, workers and communities. Government of Canada investments also help ensure Canada’s aviation industry is well-positioned to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Today, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Annie Koutrakis, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced more than $4 million in new funding to help Victoria International Airport recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support continued air services and important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.

The airport will receive more than $1.3 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for upgrades to the lighting for the approach to Runway 09. The work will include:

  • installation of new land-based and water-based lighting systems, with the water-based fixtures being structurally reinforced to withstand impacts from barges that work in the area; and
  • reconfiguration and extension of the existing floatplane dock to accommodate the new lighting system.

In addition to funding for the infrastructure projects, the Government of Canada also provided the airport with over $3 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help it maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in Victoria and surrounding communities.

Quotes

“The Victoria International Airport is a key transportation hub not just for Victoria, but for much of Vancouver Island. It connects us with family and friends, helps us discover new destinations, and is a pivotal trade corridor for many Victoria businesses. This funding will enhance airport safety for travellers, air crews and airport workers, while supporting jobs and our regional economy.”  

Annie Koutrakis
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

“As we move forward with the safe and gradual return of activity in the aviation sector, in a way that continues to support the health, safety, and security of all Canadians, it will be imperative that we continue to ensure a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector. These critical investments will allow the Victoria International Airport to invest in the infrastructure and tools needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, launched in May 2021, will provide $571.2 million in funding over five years to airports for eligible infrastructure projects related to safety, security, connectivity to mass transit systems, or testing and screening related to COVID-19 and its variants.
  • The Airport Relief Fund, launched in May 2021, provided $64.8 million in funding in 2021-2022 for targeted airports whose 2019 revenues were less than $250 million.

Associated Links

Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca.

Transport Canada to conduct a public interest assessment regarding proposed acquisition of Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines by WestJet Airlines Ltd.

Transport Canada

May 20, 2022           Ottawa            Transport Canada

On April 8, 2022, WestJet Airlines Ltd. and Sunwing Travel Group notified the Minister of Transport that WestJet proposes to acquire Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines. This notification was in accordance with the mergers and acquisitions provisions of the Canada Transportation Act.

The Minister of Transport has determined that the transaction raises public interest considerations related to national transportation. As such, a public interest assessment of the proposed transaction will be conducted with input from the Commissioner of Competition, who will assess impacts on competition.

The public interest assessment will include consultations with the air industry and other stakeholders, other government departments, other levels of government, as well as the public. The assessment will include an analysis of the economic benefits or challenges resulting from the proposed transaction. Canadians are encouraged to have their say on letstalktransportation.ca.

Under the Canada Transportation Act, Transport Canada has up to 150 days to complete this public interest assessment. However, the Minister has the authority to grant an extension should extra time be necessary. Considering the size and scope of the proposed transaction, an extra 50 days has been granted to both Transport Canada and the Commissioner of Competition, to ensure sufficient time for thorough analysis and assessment.

The Department now has up to 200 days (until December 5, 2022) to complete the public interest assessment and provide it to the Minister. The Minister would then provide a recommendation to the Governor in Council (Cabinet) concerning the proposed purchase. The Minister’s recommendation would incorporate the findings of the Commissioner’s report on competition considerations. There is no legislated timeline for the Minister to make his recommendation or for the Governor in Council to make a final decision.

Series of penalties issued as part of Transport Canada’s investigation into the Montréal-Cancun flight of December 30, 2021

Transport Canada

MONTRÉAL, April 28, 2022 /CNW/ – The safety and security of travellers and transportation workers is paramount to Transport Canada.

Following Transport Canada’s investigation into the Montréal-Cancun flight of December 30, 2021, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, announced today that the majority of non-compliant passengers have received penalties.

Transport Canada has issued a total of 42 penalties to 37 of the 154 passengers, including 18 penalties for non-compliance of vaccination status, and 24 penalties for not respecting instructions to wear a mask. The total value of these penalties, which could reach a maximum of $5,000 each, is $59,500.

Since January 4, 2022, Transport Canada has been conducting an investigation to determine whether the Aeronautics Act, regulations or requirements pertaining to aviation safety and security were contravened during that flight. If non-compliance is identified, Transport Canada ensures that all appropriate enforcement actions are taken. The results of the investigation will determine if further sanctions will be issued in connection with this flight.

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“Aviation rules are not to be taken lightly. With this investigation, we want to send a clear message: the behaviour of some passengers on the Montréal-Cancun flight of December 30 was unacceptable, and it is not tolerated. Transport Canada will continue to ensure that all aviation rules are followed at all times.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

Quick facts

  • The December 30, 2021, flight from Montréal to Cancun that Transport Canada is investigating carried a total of 154 passengers.
  • Under the applicable Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, all passengers must be fully vaccinated to board a flight departing from Canada and must comply with the instructions of crew members regarding the wearing of masks.
  • All passengers aboard a flight are subject to all civil aviation regulations and requirements. A passenger can receive more than one penalty if they have contravened more than one of the regulations or requirements.
  • Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Canada, public health authorities and the Canadian aviation industry, including operators, airports and unions, have worked together to implement measures to reduce the spread of the virus and protect workers and travellers.

Associated links

Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca

Transport Canada lays 12 more fines against passengers on Sunwing flight to Mexico

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March 28, 2022

Transport Canada has laid an additional 12 fines against passengers of the Sunwing flight from Montreal to Cancun last December.

Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said in a tweet on Monday that seven passengers were fined for “non-compliance with vaccination rules” and five were fined for not wearing a mask.

Minister Alghabra said a total of 24 fines have been issued since the transportation authority launched its investigation in early January and that there will be “more to come.”

Passengers on the Dec. 30 flight who were headed to Mexico for a New Year’s Eve celebration filmed themselves not wearing masks on the flight, partying in the aisle of the plane, and openly drinking alcohol while not seated on the chartered flight. At least one passenger was vaping on board.

The passengers, some of whom were social media influencers and Quebec celebrities, posted the videos of themselves partying on Instagram and other platforms.

The flight made international headlines after those videos went viral online.

A still image from a video recorded on the Dec. 30, 2021 flight from Montreal to Cancun. (CTV file)

Government of Canada supports Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport with new funding for critical infrastructure projects

Transport Canada

TORONTO, March 18, 2022 /CNW/ – As Canada works towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, investments in our airport infrastructure continue to be crucial to maintain safety, security, and connectivity for travellers, workers and communities. Government of Canada investments also help ensure Canada’s aviation industry is well-positioned to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced new funding to help Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support continued air services and important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.

PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, will receive more than $14 million to help it recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support continued air services and important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport. 

The airport will receive more than $10.9 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program to:

  • rehabilitate electrical infrastructure;
  • purchase airfield support equipment;
  • upgrade the airport security systems;
  • rehabilitate the waterfront retaining walls;
  • maintain airfield pavement; and
  • replace airport security fencing and gates.

In addition to the funding for the infrastructure projects, the Government of Canada also provided Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport with over $3.1 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help it maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in the Greater Toronto Area and its surrounding communities.

Quotes

“As we move forward with the safe and gradual return of activity in the aviation sector in a way that continues to support the health, safety, and security of all Canadians, it will be imperative that we maintain a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector. These critical investments will allow Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to invest in the infrastructure and tools needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and to allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

“This investment in Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport will support our shared goals of recovery, rebuilding and reaching environmental targets. Investing in key infrastructure and climate action projects will ensure the airport is well positioned to support pandemic recovery in our region and continue to serve as an essential transportation gateway to Canada’s largest city – supporting jobs, tourism and trade in the Greater Toronto Area.”

Gene Cabral
Executive Vice President, PortsToronto and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Quick Facts

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  • The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, launched in May 2021, will provide $571.2 million in funding over five years to airports for eligible infrastructure projects related to safety, security, connectivity to mass transit systems, or testing and screening related to COVID-19 and its variants.
  • The Airport Relief Fund, launched in May 2021, provided $64.8 million in funding in 2021-2022 for targeted airports whose 2019 revenues were less than $250 million.

Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca.

Government of Canada makes important investments at Thunder Bay International Airport

Transport Canada

THUNDER BAY, ON, March 14, 2022 /CNW/ – As Canada works towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, investments in our airports continue to be crucial to maintain safety, security, and connectivity for travellers, workers, and communities. Government of Canada investments also help ensure Canada’s airports are well-positioned to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Today, the Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River, Marcus Powlowski, and the Minister of Indigenous Services, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, and the Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced that the Government of Canada is making important investments at the Thunder Bay International Airport.

Through Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund, the Government of Canada provided the airport with more than $1.7 million to help it maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in Thunder Bay and surrounding communities.

The Thunder Bay International Airport is also receiving $395,000 from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program for the purchase of a snowplow truck and a runway ice sweeper. This equipment will help ensure safe airport operations for aircraft, passengers, crews and airport workers, by keeping airside surfaces such as runways and taxiways, clear of ice and snow.

This funding is in addition to the over $12.4 million in Airports Capital Assistance Program funding provided to the airport in May 2021 for the rehabilitation of airside surfaces, lighting and electrical systems; the construction of runway end safety areas; the installation of airside LED guidance signage; and the purchase of two aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles.

In addition to the support from Transport Canada, the Thunder Bay International Airports Authority is also receiving more than $1.5 million in financial assistance from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (FedNor).  The funding, made available through the Aerospace Regional Recovery and the Regional Air Transportation Initiatives, will be used to upgrade lighting and HVAC equipment, as well as replace two aging escalators in the terminal building. The projects are designed to enhance safety and maintain air service.

Quotes

“The Thunder Bay International Airport is a key transportation hub not just for Thunder Bay, but for much of northern Ontario. It connects us with family and friends, helps us discover new destinations, and is a pivotal trade corridor for many Thunder Bay businesses. This funding will enhance airport safety for travellers, air crews and airport workers, while supporting jobs and our regional economy.”  

Marcus Powlowski
Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River

“The pandemic highlighted the important role our local and regional airports play in our country’s economy, and in sustaining the social and economic well-being of our communities. In addition to supporting personal travel, local and regional airports are key connectors for business, exports, 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 commitment to build safer, healthier and stronger communities as Canada recovers from the pandemic.”

The Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Indigenous Services, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North

“As we move forward with the safe and gradual return of activity in the aviation sector, in a way that continues to support the health, safety, and security of all Canadians, it will be imperative that we continue to ensure a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector. These critical investments will allow the Thunder Bay International Airport to invest in the infrastructure and tools needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • First introduced in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, the Airport Relief Fund is part of a federal stimulus recovery plan designed to build a stronger, more inclusive, and more resilient economy post-COVID-19.
  • The Airport Relief Fund, launched in May 2021, provided $64.8 million in funding in 2021-2022 for targeted airports whose 2019 revenues were less than $250 million.
  • As announced in the Fall Economic Statement 2020, the Airports Capital Assistance Program received a one-time funding top-up of $186 million over two years.
  • The Fall Economic Statement 2020 also announced the temporary expansion of eligibility for the Airports Capital Assistance Program to allow National Airports System 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 National Airports System airports are: Gander; Charlottetown; Saint John; Fredericton; Moncton; Thunder Bay; London; and Prince George.
  • Since the Airports Capital Assistance Program started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested over $1.2 billion for 1,215 projects at 199 local, regional and National Airports System airports across the country. Funded projects include runway and taxiway repairs/rehabilitation, lighting enhancements, purchasing snow clearing equipment and firefighting vehicles and installing wildlife control fencing.
  • The Regional Airport Transportation Initiative (RATI), administered by the regional development agencies, has a national budget of $206 million. The RATI is being delivered by FedNor in Northern Ontario.
  • The Initiative supports regional air ecosystems—which include regional air carriers and airports, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises and non-profit organizations—in developing and implementing enhanced services for improved regional connectivity.
  • Delivered by Canada’s regional development agencies with a national budget of $250 million over three years, the Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI) complements other measures announced in Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Associated Links

Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca.

Government of Canada supports Toronto Pearson International Airport with new funding for critical infrastructure projects

Transport Canada

TORONTO, March 14, 2022 /CNW/ – As Canada works towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, investments in our airport infrastructure continue to be crucial to maintain safety, security, and connectivity for travellers, workers and communities. Government of Canada investments also help ensure Canada’s aviation industry is well-positioned to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.  

Today, the Minister Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced new funding to help Toronto Pearson International Airport recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support continued air services and important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.

The airport will receive more than $142 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program to:

  • rehabilitate airfield pavement;
  • develop and install new check-in, boarding and border clearance systems;
  • enable COVID-19 testing and screening of passengers and employees; and
  • carry out technical studies and concept design work for a proposed connection between the airport and the future extension of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit line.

These Investments will help the airport maintain safety, security, and connectivity for travellers, airport workers and residents of the Greater Toronto Area and its surrounding communities.

Quotes

“As we move forward with the safe and gradual return of activity in the aviation sector in a way that continues to support the health, safety, and security of all Canadians, it will be imperative that we maintain a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector. These critical investments will allow the Toronto Pearson International Airport to invest in the infrastructure and tools needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and to allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra 
Minister of Transport

“This investment in Toronto Pearson infrastructure will better position us to create the airport that Canada needs as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic—one that supports supply chains, trade, jobs and economic development in sustainable and innovative ways.”

Deborah Flint 
President & CEO Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Quick Fact

  • The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, launched in May 2021, will provide $571.2 million in funding over five years to airports for eligible infrastructure projects related to safety, security, connectivity to mass transit systems, or testing and screening related to COVID-19 and its variants.

Associated Link

Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca

Bureaucratic backlogs delaying return to the cockpit, pilots say

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A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on May 13, 2019.. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan HaywardA plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on May 13, 2019.. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press Staff • March 10, 2022

MONTREAL –

Pilots say a Transport Canada backlog is holding up medical certification, leading to months-long delays before they can return to the skies.

A significant number of pilots who have been deemed fit to fly by aviation medical examiners have been waiting a year or more to have Transport Canada greenlight their approvals, says Air Line Pilots Association president Tim Perry.

“That process is taking nine, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 months. And that’s just ludicrous,” he said in an interview. “This is affecting pilots’ livelihoods.” Transport Canada’s standard timeline is 40 business days.

The bottleneck comes amid a surge in demand for pilots as travel begins to rebound after two years of depressed business due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“We’re going six months without a return phone call or without a return email. Partly, this is taking too long. And partly, we’ve got a major issue in terms of information exchange,” Perry said.

“We do believe that, in part, these things are being held up because Transport Canada is under-resourced.”

The union, which represents some 6,000 Canadian pilots, has repeatedly raised the issue with Transport Canada and plans to send it and Transport Minister Omar Alghabra a second letter of concern within a week, he said.

Transport Canada spokesman Hicham Ayoun says medical certification — often the final step in a licence renewal, which is required every two years — usually takes about two months.

“However, under the current circumstances, this service standard may experience delays,” he said. “High demand for service, increasing medical complexity, and pandemic-related challenges are some of the factors contributing to the delays in service delivery.”

Most of the roughly 60,000 annual applications for medical certification, including private ones, are requests to reissue existing certificates, and are validated by medical examiners “in the field, with no wait time,” Ayoun said.

But new or “medically complex” applications need more time for assessment or information gathering in order to ensure public safety, he said. Complex cases include those where pilots were flagged for potential physical or mental health issues but subsequently deemed fit to fly by examiners.

Along with unions, pilots say the backlog is costing them and their colleagues by way of lower incomes as well as higher insurance premiums caused by the greater number of employees who are on long-term disability while awaiting their medical certificates.

“When someone is off work on long-term disability, that can affect their monthly income, it can affect their pensionable income,” Perry said.

At one major Canadian airline, about three per cent of pilots stamped for approval following medical examinations now float in limbo on disability while their applications inch through federal filing cabinets, said an executive who was not authorized to speak about the issue.

“When you’re talking about long-term disabilities, that’s huge,” the official said. “Normally it’s a question of weeks. The normal situation would be zero (per cent).”

He pointed to staffing shortages as well as the tougher salary negotiations that can stem from higher insurance premiums.

“Ultimately it’s everyone’s problem.”

The mounting number of postponed surgeries resulting from COVID-19 could extend some pilots’ downtime, he added, noting that the hurdle is beyond Transport Canada’s control.

Two pilots, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss employment matters or their medical status, say they have reached out to Transport Canada’s civil aviation medicine branch dozens of times but never received a reply.

One Air Transat pilot The Canadian Press spoke with had a health concern identified by an examiner, but then received approval from three specialists and filed his application in June, he said.

“It’s been in limbo ever since,” he said.

An Air Canada pilot said he applied for medical certification more than six months ago, with no word since.

The delays are not limited to commercial pilots.

Maxime Allaire, a Montreal-area realtor and recreational flyer, said he took his medical exam in August but has yet to hear from Transport Canada.

“They have a reputation not to be too quick with anything in the best of times,” said Benoit Gauthier, a retired pilot who flew with Air Canada for 37 years.

Meanwhile airlines continue to rehire flight crews following temporary layoffs as testing rules ease and travel advisories lift.

“We are working in real time towards the restoration of our pre-pandemic network and continue to recall our highly-trained and experienced professionals, who in many cases have been furloughed for many months,” WestJet spokeswoman Denise Kenny said in an email, noting that the company is “aware of the challenges” at Transport Canada.

The department says it has made recent changes to the “triage and assessment of files” and incorporated “digital mailing solutions” to respond to users.

Its civil aviation medicine branch is transitioning to digital file reviews in order to improve efficiency and “process applications as quickly as possible,” Ayoun said.

Some airlines are less concerned about medical backlogs than security clearance delays.

Flair Airlines, which aims to hire more than 125 pilots this year, has “not experienced any issues with the timeliness of receipt of new or medically complex applications,” chief of staff Jamina Kotak said in an email.

However, the budget carrier is having trouble getting the “restricted access identity cards” that allow crews to filter into airports’ restricted areas. The cards are issued by local airport authorities, but only after security checks are carried out by Transport Canada.

“That is a bottleneck,” Kotak said.

Transport Canada did not respond immediately to questions around the security access cards.

Government of Canada supports St. John’s International Airport with new funding for critical infrastructure projects

Transport Canada

ST. JOHN’S, NL, March 8, 2022 /CNW/ – As Canada works towards recovery, investments in our airport infrastructure continue to be crucial to maintain safety, security, and connectivity for travellers, workers, and communities. Government of Canada investments also help ensure Canada’s aviation industry is well-positioned to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Labour, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, and Member of Parliament for St. John’s East, Joanne Thompson, announced new funding of more than $22.5 million to help the St. John’s International Airport recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support continued air services and important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.

The airport will receive over $18 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program to support the rehabilitation of the asphalt on multiple runways, taxiways, and aprons, improvements to lighting, signage and drainage systems, and the replacement of heavy airside mobile equipment including aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles, runway snow plows and ice sweepers.

These investments will help maintain safe airport operations for aircraft, passengers, crews, and airport workers. In addition to the funding for the critical infrastructure projects, the Government of Canada also provided the      St. John’s International Airport with $3.6 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help it maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in St. John’s and surrounding communities.

Quotes                                                                                        

“As we move forward with the safe and gradual return of activity in the aviation sector, in a way that continues to support the health, safety, and security of all Canadians, it will be imperative that we continue to ensure a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector. These critical investments will allow the St. John’s International Airport to invest in the infrastructure and tools needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

“A vibrant and financially strong airport in St. John’s is important for our economy and our recovery. The St. John’s International Airport has worked hard to provide safe and reliable travel during the pandemic for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, and our government’s investment will help it return to pre-pandemic levels and grow for the future.”

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Labour

“St John’s International Airport is indeed a gateway to Canada and the world. Today’s announcement provides critical support to continued airport operations. As we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 travel restrictions, this support will strengthen capacity and enhance our competitive advantage as a business and vacation destination.”

Joanne Thompson
Member of Parliament for St. John’s East

“This investment allows us to replace key pieces of our aging heavy vehicle fleet and also rehabilitate many of our airfield surfaces. These projects will help ensure safe and efficient airport operations for all of our stakeholders for many years to come. While the pandemic has caused our Airport immense financial challenges, the ability to progress this work and replace critical infrastructure means that we can focus on air service recovery and development and continue to provide much needed connectivity for our province.”

Peter Avery
Chief Executive Officer
St. John’s International Airport Authority

Quick Facts

  • The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, launched in May 2021, will provide $571.2 million in funding over five years to airports for eligible infrastructure projects related to safety, security, connectivity to mass transit systems, or testing and screening related to COVID-19 and its variants.
  • The Airport Relief Fund, launched in May 2021, provided $64.8 million in funding in 2021-2022 for targeted airports whose 2019 revenues were less than $250 million.

Associated Links

Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca

Government of Canada invests in safety at airports in Quebec

Transport Canada

QUEBEC CITY, March 4, 2022 /CNW/ – Canadians rely on safe and well-maintained local and regional airports to support vibrant communities. These airports also support essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue, and forest fire response.  

The Minister of National Revenue, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Annie Koutrakis, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, today announced that the Government of Canada is making important safety investments at local and regional airports in Quebec.

Through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program, three airports in Quebec will receive over $3.4 million for safety-related projects and equipment that will help maintain safe airport operations for passengers, crews and airport workers. The airports receiving funding are:

La Grande Rivière Airport

  • $476,000 to purchase a medium-sized snowblower and a runway surface friction tester

Mont-Joli Airport

  • $451,000 to purchase a grader, a runway condition reporting system and a runway surface friction tester

St-Hubert Airport

  • $2.5 million to rehabilitate the airport’s field electrical centre and purchase a wet/dry combination material spreader

This funding is in addition to the more than $24.8 million announced under the program in May 2021 to support safety-related projects at the Gaspé, La Grande Rivière, Mont-Joli and St. Hubert airports.

Since the Airports Capital Assistance Program started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested over $1.2 billion for 1,215 projects at 199 local, regional and National Airports System airports across the country. Funded projects include runway and taxiway repairs/rehabilitation, lighting enhancements, purchasing snow clearing equipment and firefighting vehicles and installing wildlife control fencing. 

Quotes 

“Local and regional airports play an integral role in Canada’s transportation system and are important hubs for the communities they serve. This funding will help ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for residents, many of whom depend on their local airport not only for personal and business travel, but also for community resupply of essential goods as well as access to routine and emergency medical care in larger centres.”

The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier 
Minister of National Revenue 

As Canada works towards recovery, investments in our local and regional airports continue to be crucial to maintain safety, security, and connectivity for travellers, workers and communities. This funding will enhance safety for travellers, air crews and airport workers, while supporting jobs and our regional economy.”

Annie Koutrakis
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

“The pandemic highlighted the important role Canada’s local and regional airports play in our country’s economy, and in sustaining the social and economic well-being of our communities. In addition to supporting personal travel, local and regional 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 commitment to build safer, healthier and stronger communities as Canada recovers from the pandemic.” 

The Honourable Omar Alghabra 
Minister of Transport 

Quick Facts 

  • As announced in the Fall Economic Statement 2020, the Airports Capital Assistance Program received a one-time funding top-up of $186 million over two years.
  • The Fall Economic Statement 2020 also announced the temporary expansion of eligibility for the Airports Capital Assistance Program to allow National Airports System 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 National Airports System airports are: Gander; Charlottetown; Saint John; Fredericton; Moncton; Thunder Bay; London; and Prince George.

Associated Link 

Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca