Transport Canada suspending all direct commercial and private passenger flights from Morocco until September 29, 2021

Transport Canada

OTTAWA, ON, Aug. 28, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ – Canada has some of the strictest travel and border measures in the world, and is prioritizing the health and safety of Canadians by continuing to take a risk-based and measured approach to re-opening its borders.

Like every other element of Canada’s COVID-19 response, border measures are based on available data, scientific evidence and monitoring of the epidemiological situation both in Canada and internationally. An increase in COVID-19 positive test results has been observed in travellers arriving in Canada from Morocco over the past month.

Based on the latest public health advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada is issuing a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) restricting all direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from Morocco from August 29, 2021, at 00:01 EDT until September 29, 2021, at 00:00 EDT. All direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from Morocco are subject to the NOTAM. Cargo-only operations, medical transfers or military flights are not included.

To ensure aviation safety and to reduce operational interruptions, flights from Morocco that are already in transit at the time of the publication of the NOTAM will be allowed to proceed to Canada. As an interim measure, until the NOTAM comes into effect, all travellers arriving on those flights will be required to take a test on arrival to Canada.

Transport Canada is also amending the Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, related to third-country pre-departure COVID-19 molecular tests to include travellers to Canada from Morocco via an indirect route. This means that passengers who depart Morocco to Canada, via an indirect route, will be required to obtain a valid COVID-19 pre-departure test from a third country – other than Morocco – before continuing their journey to Canada. The third-country testing requirement will also come into effect on August 29, 2021, at 00:01 EDT.

Canada continues to closely monitor the situation, and will be working closely with the Government of Morocco and aviation operators to ensure appropriate procedures are put in place to enable a safe resumption of direct flights as soon as conditions permit.  

Restricting flights from countries of concern is part of Canada’s general approach to the responsible and effective management of Canada’s border re-opening plan.

Canadians are advised to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada – international travel increases the risk of exposure to, and the spread of, COVID-19 and its variants. Border measures also remain subject to change as the epidemiological situation evolves.

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Plane damaged after being hit by York police drone at Buttonville Airport

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Kerrisa Wilson, Web Content Writer, CP24 | Friday, August 20, 2021

Buttonville Airport

Buttonville Municipal Airport is seen in this photograph.

TORONTO — A plane has major damage after a York Regional Police (YRP) drone struck the aircraft at Toronto Buttonville Municipal Airport earlier this month.

On Aug. 10, a Canadian Flyers International Inc. Cessna plane was on a flight to the airport in Markham at an unknown time during the day.

The small plane was about to land at the airport’s runway when the pilot felt a jolt that “pushed them back on their seat”, according to a report from Transport Canada issued this week.

The pilot thought the plane hit a large bird and proceeded to land the plane, the report said.

When the pilot exited the aircraft they saw a “major dent” on the left underside of the engine cowling and the airbox was also bent.

No injuries were reported but the airplane suffered significant damage, including a propeller strike.

A few hours after the incident, police confirmed that a YRP drone had struck the aircraft, according to the report.

The drone was part of a YRP operation in Richmond Hill.

NAV Canada, the country’s air navigation service provider, had not been notified about the YRP drone, Transport Canada said.

The cause of the collision is not known.

Government of Canada supporting the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport with new funding

Transport Canada

SASKATOON, SK, Aug. 13, 2021 /CNW/ – Helping airports mitigate the financial impact of the global pandemic is part of the Government of Canada’s strategy to ensure that our air transportation system provides Canadians with efficient and affordable air travel. Investments in airport infrastructure are crucial to maintain safety, security, and connectivity for travellers, workers, and communities.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, and the Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies, the Honourable Jim Carr, announced close to $13.8 million to help the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport recover from the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic and to support continued air services and important safety-related infrastructure projects at the airport.

The Government of Canada is providing the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport with $10.9 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for the rehabilitation of the primary runway and apron pavement surfaces, the installation of new LED runway edge lights, and the replacement of select storm drains.

In addition to the funding for the critical infrastructure projects, the Government of Canada is also providing the Airport with over $2.8 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help it maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in Saskatoon and surrounding communities.

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“Canada’s airports are major contributors to our economy and play a crucial role in sustaining the social and economic well-being of our communities. This financial support will ensure that, as Canada works towards recovery and travel restart post pandemic, the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport will be able to provide regional accessibility, and safe, reliable, and efficient air services for residents and workers in Saskatoon and its surrounding communities.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

“The Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport is an important transportation hub not just for the Saskatoon area, but for much of central Saskatchewan. It connects us with family and friends, helps us discover new destinations, and is a pivotal trade corridor for many Saskatoon businesses. This funding will enhance airport safety for travellers, air crews, and airport workers, while supporting jobs and the regional economy.”  

The Honourable Jim Carr
Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies

“The Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport contributes $1.25 billion annually to the local economy, driving visitation, trade, and commerce, as well as being the primary gateway to northern Saskatchewan. Faced with significant operating losses in 2020 and 2021 due to the global pandemic, this welcome federal funding ensures the airport is able to complete critical planned infrastructure improvements, enhance operational measures, and continue to meet the highest standards for safety and security to serve our airlines, partners, and guests.”

Stephen Maybury
President and CEO
Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport

Quick Facts

  • The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, launched in May 2021, will distribute $489.6 million in funding over five years to airports for eligible infrastructure projects related to safety, security or connectivity to mass transit systems.
  • The federal contribution for the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program projects will be up to 50% of total eligible expenditures of the projects, up to a maximum contribution of $10,902,748. The Airport will provide the remaining funding for the projects.
  • The Airport Relief Fund, launched in May 2021, will provide $64.8 million in funding in 2021-2022 for airports whose 2019 revenues were less than $250 million.
  • The amount of funding to each targeted eligible Airport Relief Fund recipient was calculated using a tiered formula-based approach, based on 2019 revenues.
  • Funding provided from the Airport Relief Fund must be used to cover activities that are directly related to the airport’s operations to ensure that the airport remains open to travellers and surrounding communities.
  • First introduced in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program and the Airport Relief Fund are part of a federal stimulus recovery plan designed to build a stronger, more inclusive and more resilient economy post-COVID-19.

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Government of Canada supporting the Calgary International Airport with new funding

Transport Canada

OTTAWA, ON, Aug. 13, 2021 /CNW/ – Helping airports mitigate the financial impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic is part of the Government of Canada’s strategy to ensure that our air transportation system provides Canadians with choice, connectivity, and affordable air travel. Investments in airport infrastructure are crucial to maintain safety, security, and connectivity for travellers, airport workers, and communities.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, and the Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies, the Honourable Jim Carr, announced new funding to help the Calgary International Airport recover from the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic and to support important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.

The Government of Canada is providing the Calgary International Airport with close to $57.5 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for the rehabilitation of the west runway (Runway 17R/35L).

The project will include removing the existing pavement structure, recycling all materials, rehabilitating the runway structure, installing new Runway End Safety Areas, and upgrading the runway’s electrical system. This project will help ensure continued airport safety for passengers, air crews, and airport workers.

Quotes

“Canada’s airports are major contributors to our economy and play a crucial role in sustaining the social and economic well-being of our communities. This financial support will ensure that, as Canada works towards recovery and travel restart post pandemic, the Calgary International Airport will be able to provide regional accessibility and safe, reliable, and efficient air services for residents and workers in the City of Calgary and its surrounding communities.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

“The Calgary International Airport keeps Albertans connected. Today, we’re investing nearly $57.5 million through the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for the rehabilitation of the runway to enhance airport safety for travellers, air crews, and airport workers. This funding will allow for important upgrades while bolstering the regional economy as we recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Honourable Jim Carr
Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies

“On behalf of the crew at YYC Calgary International Airport, I’d like to thank the federal government for their investment in the West Runway Rehabilitation project, a critical piece of YYC infrastructure. The project will take two to three years to complete and create 200 to 300 jobs for Albertans. This investment reinforces our role as a vital hub well positioned to contribute to the economic growth of the region, and ensures the demands of passenger and cargo traffic are met as we look forward to a safe and secure return to travel.”

Bob Sartor
President and CEO
The Calgary Airport Authority

Quick Facts

  • The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, launched in May 2021, will distribute $489.6 million in funding over five years to airports for eligible infrastructure projects related to safety, security, or connectivity to mass transit systems.
  • The federal contribution for the project at the Calgary International Airport will be up to 50% of total eligible expenditures of the project, to a maximum contribution of $57,484,066. The Airport will provide the remaining funding for the project.
  • First introduced in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program is part of a federal stimulus recovery plan designed to build a stronger, more inclusive, and more resilient economy post-COVID-19.

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Government of Canada supporting Canada’s major airports with funding for COVID-19 testing and screening infrastructure

Government of Canada supporting Canada’s major airports with funding for COVID-19 testing and screening infrastructure

Transport Canada

OTTAWA, ON, Aug. 13, 2021 /CNW/ – As Canada works towards recovery and travel re-start, investments in our airport infrastructure continue to be crucial to maintain safety, security, and connectivity for travellers, workers and communities. Government of Canada investments will also help to rebuild the public’s confidence in domestic and international travel, and ensure that Canada’s aviation industry is well positioned to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, launched a new contribution funding stream under Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program. This new Biosecurity Funding Stream will provide $81.6 million to support Canada’s major airports with investments in COVID-19 testing and screening infrastructure.

This funding will help facilitate the safe restart of air travel in a way that limits the transmission of COVID-19 and protects travellers and workers. The 26 major Canadian airports eligible for funding under the Biosecurity Funding Stream represent 93 per cent of the volume of air passenger traffic in Canada in 2019.

Projects eligible for funding under the Biosecurity Funding Stream include:

  • Infrastructure investments for the establishment of COVID-19 health testing and screening facilities;
  • Improvements to airport flow and zoning to better manage the movements of people and physical distancing requirements to, from, and at the testing and screening facilities;
  • Tools to inform travellers and workers of the existence and operating hours of health testing and screening facilities, to direct them to the facility, and to notify them of procedures related to the flow, zoning, testing and screening; and
  • Technological aids to assist with traveller and worker notification, testing and screening, and the processing of related results.

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“As we move forward with the safe, gradual return of activity in the aviation sector, both in Canada and internationally 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. This funding will allow major airports across Canada to invest in the infrastructure and tools needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and allow Canadians to feel safe when they travel.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of TransportQuick Facts

  • Funding for the Biosecurity Funding Stream was provided in Budget 2021.
  • To support the recovery of the air sector, the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program (ACIP) will also distribute $489.6 million in funding over five years to Canada’s major airports to mitigate the risk of delay or cancellation of critical airport investments related to safety, security, operational efficiency, and connectivity to mass transit systems.

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Government of Canada supporting John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport with new funding

Transport Canada

HAMILTON, ON, Aug. 11, 2021 /CNW/ – Helping airports mitigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is part of the Government of Canada’s strategy to ensure that our air transportation system provides Canadians with choice, connectivity and affordable air travel.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, and the Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament for Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, announced more than $5 million to help the John C. Munro Hamilton 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 Government of Canada is providing this airport with close to $2 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for critical infrastructure projects to enhance airport safety, including the replacement of an aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF) vehicle and airfield rehabilitation.

In addition to the funding for the critical infrastructure projects, the Government of Canada is also providing the airport with over $2.6 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help it maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in the Greater Hamilton Area and its surrounding communities.

The John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport will also receive a Government of Canada investment of $500,000 through FedDev Ontario’s Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI) to provide necessary personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies. This project will contribute to efforts to safely reinstate regional air routes and maintain jobs in the Hamilton region.

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“Canada’s airports are major contributors to our economy, and play a crucial role in sustaining the social and economic well-being of our communities. This financial support will ensure that, as Canada works towards recovery and travel restart post pandemic, the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport will be able to provide regional accessibility, and safe, reliable and efficient air services for travellers and businesses in the Greater Hamilton Area.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

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

The Honourable Filomena Tassi
Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament for Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas

“It is important to protect our regional air transportation ecosystems for the thousands of workers employed by this sector and for the many businesses and communities that depend on it. We know that air connectivity to all regions is essential to healthy, inclusive economic growth, and supporting it is part of our plan to build back a stronger, more resilient economy.”

The Honourable Mélanie Joly
Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario

“Hamilton is proud of its international airport which today is a key driver of our local economy and will only become more important to the regional and national economy in the future. The federal government understands this and has been a wonderful partner in helping to ensure John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport continues to grow. Thank you Minister Alghabra, Minister Joly, and Minister Tassi for your leadership in assisting Hamilton and its international airport reach its potential.”

Mayor Fred Eisenberger
City of Hamilton

“Hamilton International Airport is an integral part of the regional and national economy and is a vital gateway in the community and strategic transportation corridor that it serves. This important funding announcement by the Government of Canada is critical to rebuild the Airport’s low-cost leisure air travel and sustain continued growth in the cargo and goods movement sector. We look forward to supporting a robust recovery for Canada, the province, and the City of Hamilton by ensuring critical infrastructure and essential services are maintained in a safe, healthy, reliable and efficient manner.”

Cathie Puckering
President and CEO
John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport

Quick Facts

  • The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, launched in May 2021, will distribute $489.6 million in funding over five years to airports to support eligible infrastructure projects related to safety, security or connectivity to mass transit systems.
  • The federal contribution for the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program projects will be up to 50% of total eligible project expenditures. The John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport will provide the remaining funds for the projects.
  • The Airport Relief Fund, launched in May 2021, will provide $64.8 million in funding in 2021-2022 for targeted airports whose 2019 revenues were less than $250 million.
  • The amount of funding to each targeted eligible Airport Relief Fund recipient was calculated using a tiered formula-based approach, based on 2019 revenues.
  • Funding provided from the Airport Relief Fund must be used to cover activities that are directly related to the airport’s operations and to ensure that it remains open to travellers and surrounding communities.
  • First introduced in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program and the Airport Relief Fund are part of a federal stimulus recovery plan designed to build a stronger, more inclusive and more resilient economy post-COVID-19.
  • The Government of Canada introduced the Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI) to help businesses and organizations in regional air transportation ecosystems, including regional air carriers and airports, to remain operational throughout the pandemic, while continuing to support economic growth and regional connectivity.
  • With a national budget of $206 million over two years, Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs) are delivering this support, with FedDev Ontario delivering $24.2 million in southern Ontario. The RATI complements the measures in Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan and measures implemented by Transport Canada.

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Transport Canada extending restrictions on direct flights from India until September 21, 2021

Transport Canada

OTTAWA, ON, Aug. 9, 2021 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada is prioritizing the health and safety of all people in Canada by continuing to take a risk-based and measured approach to re-opening the border. Canada’s phased approach to easing border measures is informed by the continued monitoring of available data and scientific evidence, including the vaccination rate of Canadians and our improving epidemiological situation.

Based on the latest public health advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada is extending the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that restricts all direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from India until September 21, 2021, at 23:59 EDT. All direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from India are subject to the NOTAM. Cargo-only operations, medical transfers or military flights are not included.

Transport Canada is also extending the requirement related to third-country pre-departure COVID-19 molecular tests for travellers to Canada from India via an indirect route. This means that passengers who depart India to Canada via an indirect route will continue to be required to obtain a valid COVID-19 pre-departure test from a third country – other than India – before continuing their journey to Canada. 

The Government of Canada continues to closely monitor the epidemiological situation, and will be working closely with the Government of India and aviation operators to ensure appropriate procedures are put in place to enable a safe return of direct flights as soon as conditions permit.  

While Canada continues to trend in the right direction, the epidemiological situation and vaccination coverage is not the same around the world. The Government of Canada continues to advise Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada – international travel increases the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and its variants, as well as of spreading it to others. Border measures also remain subject to change as the epidemiological situation evolves.

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Government of Canada makes major investments to ensure the recovery of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport

Transport Canada

QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 6, 2021 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canadian airports to ensure their recovery and growth following the COVID-19 global pandemic and to create good middle class jobs.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, and the President of the Treasury Board, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos announced that the Government of Canada is contributing nearly $17 million to support Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport.

Out of that amount, $12.5 million, under the National Trade Corridors Fund, will go towards increasing the air cargo transporting capacity at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. The funds will specifically be used to develop an air cargo centre. The 5,600 square metre building will also include a dedicated space for regional air carriers that need space to serve remote areas.

In addition to this funding, the Government of Canada is also providing the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport with over $4.2 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help it maintain its operations, including essential air services for residents and workers in Quebec City and nearby communities.

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“By investing in the Jean Lesage International Airport, we’re helping Québec City grow and ensure its recovery. We’re also creating good jobs for the middle class and new economic opportunities for the people of Quebec. This is all part of our objective to build back better after the pandemic.”  

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

“Along with the recent news that the Jean Lesage International Airport will start welcoming international vaccinated travellers as of August 9, today’s announcement will have a positive impact on Quebec’s regional economy, in helping the air sector recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic. This multi-million-dollar investment will provide much needed financial support as we ease out of border restrictions. In addition, this new air cargo center will diversify our airport’s revenues as we open up transportation corridors serving Canadians.”

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos
President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Québec

“I am beyond excited about this contribution. This generous investment from the Government of Canada will not only help Quebec’s air cargo sector, but will create new employment opportunities for the people of Quebec and help grow our economy after this devastating epidemic. Employment opportunities like these are essential to generate a better and more sustainable economy.”

Joël Lightbound
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert

“The vitality and attractiveness of a region depend in large part on the strength of its airport, and we share with the Government of Canada the desire to see the greater Québec City region perform well in the context of economic recovery. The funding announced today allows us to take a giant step towards the realization of the cargo platform project. This is excellent news for our airport, of course, but also for our carriers and for companies in the industrial sectors of the Québec City region, the East and the North, which are particularly sensitive to delivery times.”  

Stéphane Poirier
President and CEO, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport

Quick Facts

  • As announced in 2017, the National Trade Corridors Fund is providing $2.3 billion over 11 years for projects that strengthen the efficiency and resilience of the transportation system.
  • Budget 2021 provided an additional $1.9 billion for the National Trade Corridors Fund for strategic transportation investments across Canada. The additional funding will spur investments into much-needed enhancements to Canada’s roads, rail, and shipping routes, while also building long-term resilience for the Canadian economy, and supporting internal trade.
  • In Quebec, the National Trade Corridors Fund has provided $252 million for 12 projects since 2017. With partner contributions, this has brought $564 million of total investments into ports, airports, and railway projects.
  • The Airport Relief Fund, launched in May 2021, will provide $64.8 million in funding in 2021-2022 for airports whose 2019 revenues were less than $250 million.
  • The amount of funding to each eligible Airport Relief Fund recipient was calculated using a tiered formula-based approach, based on 2019 revenues.
  • Funding provided from the Airport Relief Fund must be used to cover activities that are directly related to the airport’s operations to ensure that the airport remains open to travellers and surrounding communities.

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Bob Barrett is nominated for entry into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in this undated photo courtesy of Regina Barrett.

Transport Canada

VANCOUVER, BC, July 30, 2021 /CNW/ – Helping airports mitigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is part of the Government of Canada’s strategy to ensure that Canada’s air transportation system provides Canadians with choice, connectivity and affordable air travel. Canada’s world-leading network of airports has been put under substantial financial strain as a result of the dramatic decline in passenger travel. Investments in airport infrastructure are crucial to maintain safety, security, and connectivity for travellers, airport workers and surrounding communities.

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

The Government of Canada is providing the Vancouver International Airport up to $38.4 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for critical infrastructure projects including:

  • improvements to the dyke and drainage system surrounding the airport to help protect the airport from rising sea waters and storms; and
  • the extension of the Runway End Safety Area (RESA) to provide extra space for an aircraft to stop safely in an emergency or in the event an aircraft leaves the end of the runway.

Quotes

“Canada’s airports are major contributors to our economy, and play a crucial role in sustaining the social and economic well-being of our communities. This financial support will ensure that, as Canada works towards recovery and travel restart post pandemic, the Vancouver International Airport will be able to provide regional accessibility, and safe, reliable and efficient air services for residents and workers in Vancouver and its surrounding communities.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

“As Canada moves forward with a safe, measured and risk-based approach to reopen travel and tourism, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) plays an essential role as a gateway for B.C. and beyond. This important federal funding will enable us to deliver critical safety and climate-related infrastructure projects, ensuring we are well positioned to continue serving our community and the economy that supports it as our region collectively builds back stronger for the benefit of all British Columbians.”

Tamara Vrooman
President and CEO
Vancouver Airport Authority

Quick Facts

  • The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, launched in May 2021, will distribute $489.6 million in funding over five years to airports for eligible infrastructure projects related to safety, security or connectivity to mass transit systems.
  • The federal contribution for projects at the Vancouver International Airport will be up to 50% of total eligible expenditures of the projects, up to a maximum contribution of $38.4 million. The Airport will provide the remaining funding for the projects.
  • First introduced in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program is part of a federal stimulus recovery plan designed to build a stronger, more inclusive and more resilient economy post-COVID-19.

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‘The engine quit’: Windsor pilot makes emergency landing in Chatham-Kent field

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Chris Campbell, CTV Windsor News Reporter | Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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Jim Pollard owns the farm where the small plane flew from in Chatham-Kent on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (Chris Campbell / CTV Windsor)

WINDSOR, ONT. — A Windsor pilot was not injured after making an emergency landing in Chatham-Kent and the property owner says the engine just quit.

Jim Pollard owns the farm where the small plane flew from. He says the pilot and owner keep their plane on his property which has a hangar and landing strip.

“The plane took off and the engine quit. Just stopped dead,” says Pollard.

Chatham-Kent police say a pilot from Windsor was flying in Chatham-Kent when his CH-601 aircraft engine failed around 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

“He landed it straight, pretty well straight ahead just like you’re supposed to and missed everything and just kind of arrived back at the ground a little abruptly,” says Pollard.

Pollard said he was first on scene and was able to help the pilot out of the cockpit without issue.

“Too bad for the damage to the plane, but that’s not too important compared to the injuries that you could get during something like that.”

The pilot declined to comment, but Pollard credits aviation training for avoiding a potential disaster.

“If an engine quits on takeoff, try not to hit anything hard and don’t try to turnaround back to the airport or anything like that and just fly the plane,” Pollard adds. “That’s drilled into you second nature.”

Pollard tells CTV News that Transport Canada conducted their investigation over the phone and that the plane now needs repairs.

“Transport Canada said we could pack it up and do what we wanted,” he says.

The pilot made an emergency landing in a field on Middle Line in Chatham-Kent. (Source: Melissa Doyle)