Government of Canada makes important investments at Waterloo Regional Airport

Transport Canada

WATERLOO, ON, Oct. 5, 2022 /CNW/ – The last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the importance of local airports to keeping communities connected to essential services and to each other. That’s why the Government of Canada is committed to supporting airports from coast to coast to coast.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced that the Government of Canada is making important safety investments at the Waterloo Regional Airport.

Through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program, the Government of Canada is providing the airport with $342,000 for the purchase of a 4×2 plow truck used to remove and control snow and ice.  

This investment is in addition to the more than $3.9 million provided to the airport under the Program in May 2021, for the partial rehabilitation of Taxiways A and C, Apron IIIA, and aircraft stands.

This funding will ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for residents, not only for personal and business travel, but also for access to routine and emergency medical care in larger centres.

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“Regional airports like the Waterloo Regional Airport are critical to the communities they serve, whether it be for staying connected with loved ones, or for accessing critical services. This investment will make a real difference for Waterloo Regional Airport, and ensure the communities that rely on it continue to be able to access safe and reliable air transportation options.” 

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

“Airports are instrumental to our economy; they are gateways for the flow of products and people. Today’s investment in the Waterloo Regional Airport to be used to remove and control snow and ice ensures that YKF is prepared for any inclement weather or conditions by keeping runways clear and passengers moving.”

The Honourable Bardish Chagger
Member of Parliament for Waterloo

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.
  • 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 as well as installing wildlife control fencing.

Associated Link

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

Government of Canada invests in Kenora Airport

Transport Canada

KENORA, ON, Oct. 4, 2022 /CNW/ – Local airports play a crucial role in Canada, connecting communities from coast to coast to coast while also ensuring they continue to have access to essential air services like air ambulance, resupply, and forest fire response.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced that the Government of Canada is providing the Kenora Airport with more than $8.8 million in funding, through the Airports Capital Assistance Program, for the rehabilitation of Runway 08-26, Taxiway A, and Apron I. The work includes the removal of the granular base and subbase layers, and the placement of new granular base layers and asphalt paving.

This investment is in addition to the more than $370,000 in Airports Capital Assistance Program funding provided to the airport in May 2021, to purchase a sweeper used in the removal of ice and snow.

Through the Airports Capital Assistance Program, the Government of Canada is ensuring that residents in Kenora and across the country continue to have safe and reliable air services, whether it be to see their loved ones, connect with their communities, or access essential goods. 

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“Local airports play a crucial role in communities across Canada, and our government is committed to supporting them. This investment in the Kenora Airport will ensure residents in Kenora continue to have access to safe and reliable air transportation options. Through investments like these, we are building healthier, stronger communities for the residents of Kenora and across the country.” 

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.
  • 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 as well as installing wildlife control fencing.

Associated Link

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

The Government of Canada and air industry continue collaboration to reduce wait times at airports across Canada

Transport Canada

OTTAWA, ON, Sept. 29, 2022 /CNW/ – The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Health, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, the Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Marco Mendicino, and the Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, issued this update today on the continued action and progress being made by the Government of Canada and industry partners to reduce traveller wait times and delays across Canadian airports.

Latest data

Flight completions

  • For the week of September 19-25, 2022, 97 percent of flights planned for Canada’s top four airports were completed (i.e., not cancelled), an improvement from 95 percent for the first week of July.
  • This percentage is very close to the week of September 23-29, 2019, when 98 percent of flights for the top four airports were completed.

On-time performance

  • From September 19-25, 2022, over 90 percent of flights from the top four airports left on time, or within one hour of their scheduled departure.
  • This is a significant improvement from under 75 percent for the first week of July and is approaching the pre-pandemic levels in September 2019 where 95 percent of flights were on time, or within an hour of scheduled departure.

Holding of aircraft at Toronto Pearson International Airport 

  • The number of arriving international flights being held on the tarmac at Toronto-Pearson International Airport has decreased dramatically since May.
    • For the week of September 19-25, 2022, 1.2 percent, or 25 international flight arrivals, were held on the tarmac, as compared to the peak of 373 during the first week of May.

Passenger security screening wait times 

  • From September 19-25, 2022, 91 percent of passengers at the four largest airports were screened within 15 minutes by CATSA, an improvement from 79 percent during the first week of July 2022.
    • Toronto-Pearson International Airport: 94 percent (99 percent in 2019)
    • Vancouver International Airport: 91 percent (90 percent in 2019)
    • Montréal-Trudeau International Airport: 94 percent (98 percent in 2019)
    • Calgary International Airport: 81 percent (86 percent in 2019)

Pandemic measures in the transportation industry

On September 26, Ministers announced the removal of all remaining COVID-19 entry restrictions for air, rail, and marine operators and travellers. As of October 1, 2022:

  • Travellers will no longer be required to undergo health checks for travel by air and rail
  • Travellers will no longer be required to wear a mask for travel on planes and trains, though it is strongly recommended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • Passengers and crew onboard cruise ships will no longer be subject to vaccine requirements or testing before they board a vessel
  • Airlines will no longer need to review the vaccination status of foreign nationals or confirm travellers have submitted the required information in ArriveCAN
  • Airlines will no longer need to ensure compliance with pre-entry testing requirements
  • Testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements for anyone entering Canada is no longer required, including mandatory random testing.

CBSA advance declaration

  • Travellers are still encouraged to submit their CBSA customs and immigration declaration information through ArriveCAN to save time at the border or at airport customs halls. This optional feature is currently available to travellers arriving at Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver, or Montréal-Trudeau international airports.
    • In the coming months, this feature will also become available to travellers arriving at the Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Billy Bishop Toronto City, Ottawa, Québec City and Halifax international airports.

Increasing staffing for security screening and collaborating with industry partners

  • Since April, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has hired 2,004 screening officers across Canada. Efforts to increase screening officer staff levels at all airports continue.
  • The Minister of Transport and Transport Canada continue to meet regularly with airports and airlines alongside CATSA, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and NAV CANADA to find solutions and address congestion.

Mobile Passport Control (MPC) mobile app expands to include Canadian preclearance locations

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced last month that the Mobile Passport Control (MPC) mobile app was expanded to include Montréal-Trudeau International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport Preclearance locations.
  • The MPC mobile app, available to U.S citizens and Canadians visiting the U.S that possess a business or tourism visa, allows travellers to submit and store their passport and travel information on their mobile device so it will be readily available for future international travel – resulting in less congestion and more efficient processing.

Continued action to advance the rights of travellers

In Canada, airlines must follow the requirements of the Air Passenger Protection Regulations, which outline, among other obligations, compensation requirements for passengers for flight disruptions due to incidents within an airline’s control.

On September 8, 2022, new regulations came into effect to ensure passengers are offered the option of a refund for flights that are cancelled, or where there is a lengthy delay, due to reasons outside of an air carrier’s control (such as major weather events, or a pandemic) where it is not possible for the airline to complete the passenger’s itinerary within a reasonable time frame.

These new rules are enforced by the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), which is Canada’s independent, quasi-judicial tribunal and regulator of the national transportation system, with the powers of a superior court. Additional resources of $11 million were provided through Budget 2022 to assist the CTA in fulfilling their mandate as passenger travel volumes continue to rise.

Associated Link

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

Minister Alghabra concludes his participation in the 41st ICAO Assembly

MONTRÉAL, Sept. 29, 2022 /CNW/ – Canada is playing a leadership role as delegates from around the world come together to secure the highest possible standards for global aviation, and make air transportation cleaner, safer, and more secure.

This week, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, took part in the 41st Session of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly, which runs from September 27 to October 7, 2022, at ICAO headquarters in Montréal.

Minister Alghabra participated in several events throughout the week to demonstrate Canada’s deep commitment to ICAO and the many important issues being discussed at the Assembly:

  • Minister Alghabra participated in the third meeting of the International Aviation Climate Ambition Coalition (IACAC), which aims to advance ambitious actions to reduce aviation emissions. He delivered closing remarks emphasizing the importance of working together to address this global problem and expressed his hope that a unified voice at the Assembly would help achieve climate change goals.
  • Minister Alghabra led a Roundtable on Air Sector Recovery, which brought together ministers from the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the European Commissioner for Transport, and senior officials from Germany and the United States to discuss the critical issues of airport congestion and the recovery of the global air sector.
  • Minister Alghabra delivered a national statement to the ICAO Assembly and reiterated Canada’s support for a rules-based international air transport system, including advocating for improvements to ICAO’s air accident investigation protocols, and well as advancing the Safer Skies Initiative to ensure the safety of civilian aircraft in or near conflict zones. The Minister also restated the commitment of the Government of Canada and G7 leaders to provide the support Ukraine needs to uphold its sovereignty and territorial integrity, to defend itself, and to choose its own future.

Minister Alghabra also met with several partners, including:

  • International counterparts from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Singapore, Qatar, the Maldives, the Czech Republic, the European Commission, and Morocco to discuss international cooperation in transportation; and
  • Yuliya Kovaliv, Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada, Oleksandr Kubrakov, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, and Marc Brazeau, CEO, Railway Association of Canada, to identify areas to provide collaborative rail assistance to Ukraine.

While in Montréal, Minister Alghabra announced the release of Canada’s Aviation Climate Action Plan (2022-2030). The action plan presents a vision of net zero emissions by 2050 for the Canadian aviation sector and sets a goal of 10% for the use of sustainable aviation fuel by 2030.

Minister Alghabra also announced at ICAO that the Government of Canada, the Railway Association of Canada, the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the Canadian National Railway Company established a working group to support the reconstruction of Ukrainian transportation infrastructure and the resiliency of Ukraine’s rail infrastructure.

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“A multilateral, rules-based order is critical for global aviation, and Canada believes in ICAO’s key role to support this. As the proud Host State, Canada works hard to ensure ICAO thrives in Montréal and, as a leading contributor, we will continue to work with member states to create a more prosperous, greener, and safer civil aviation system. We must work together to achieve ICAO’s goals.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra,
Minister of Transport 

Quick Facts

  • ICAO is a United Nations (UN) specialized agency that works with its 193 Member States to set and audit safety, security, emissions, navigation, and facilitation standards to shape and improve international air operations.
  • As Host Country, Canada works to provide the necessary support to ICAO and its diplomatic community. In doing so, Canada works closely with the City of Montréal, the Province of Québec and the Secretariat of ICAO to ensure the organization continues to thrive in Montréal.
  • The ICAO Assembly is the Organization’s sovereign body. It meets at least once every three years in Montréal and is convened by ICAO’s governing body, the Council. The Assembly establishes ICAO’s priorities for the upcoming three years.

Related Links

International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly 41st Session

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

Minister Alghabra announces the release of Canada’s Aviation Climate Action Plan

Transport Canada

MONTRÉAL, Sept. 27, 2022 /CNW/ – Aviation is vital to Canada’s economy, to creating good jobs and to connecting Canadians. The Government of Canada, in partnership with the aviation industry, is committed to taking concrete action to meet its climate goals and ensure that Canadians have an efficient and environmentally friendly transportation system.

Today, Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced the release of Canada’s Aviation Climate Action Plan (2022-2030). The action plan:

  1. presents a vision of net zero emissions by 2050 for the Canadian aviation sector,
  2. sets a purposefully ambitious goal of 10% for the use of sustainable aviation fuel by 2030 to send a clear signal that Canada and the aviation sector recognize the need for significant volumes of sustainable aviation fuel to achieve its vision of net-zero by 2050, and
  3. includes key pathways and actions that the Government of Canada and the aviation industry intend to work on to improve efficiency and reduce pollution from aviation activities through this plan.

For more than a decade, the Government of Canada and the aviation industry have worked together to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change. Transport Canada has renewed this action plan in collaboration with federal partners and the aviation industry.

This new action plan is an important first step towards that net zero vision, paving the way for the Government of Canada and the aviation industry to advance a variety of measures to ensure the aviation is able to continue to provide Canadians with a level of service while steering the sector towards a sustainable future.

This plan will also serve as the foundation upon which the Government of Canada will further engage stakeholders, key experts and the public on the most effective and equitable path to achieving this vision. Canada’s Action Plan for Aviation will undergo a series of updates, the first in 2024, which will include reassessing long-term projections, strengthening short-term commitments, setting interim targets, and ensuring continued alignment with Canada’s climate commitments.

Quotes

“Transportation, economy and climate should go hand-in-hand. Canada’s Aviation Climate Action Plan is a good example of how we can come together to set a net-zero emission vision and lay out the actions needed to get us on the right path. Our government will engage with key stakeholders and the public to implement the activities in the Action Plan and explore additional measures to reduce pollution.”  

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport 

Quick Facts

  • Transport Canada renewed this action plan in collaboration with the following federal partners: Environment and Climate Change Canada; Innovation, Science and Economic Development; the National Research Council; Natural Resources Canada; Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat; and with the aviation industry: Aerospace Industries Association of Canada; Air Transport Association of Canada; Canadian Airports Council; Canadian Business Aviation Association; National Airlines Council of Canada; and NAV CANADA.
  • At COP 26, Canada signed onto the International Aviation Climate Ambition Coalition. The declaration includes a commitment to prepare an action plan detailing concrete efforts to reduce aviation emissions, and to submit the plan to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in advance of the 41st International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly.
  • In 2012, the Government of Canada and the aviation industry released Canada’s first Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aviation. This voluntary initiative brought together the collective efforts of Transport Canada, Canadian airlines, airports, air navigation service providers, and aircraft and aircraft engine manufacturers to reduce the carbon intensity of this sector.

Associated Links

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

Minister Alghabra and Minister Joly look ahead to 41st ICAO Assembly

MONTRÉAL, Sept. 26, 2022 /CNW/ – Canada is playing a leadership role as delegates from around the world come together to secure the highest possible standards in global aviation, and make air transportation more clean, safe, and secure.

The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will join over 2,500 delegates from Member States and representatives from international organizations at the 41st Session of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly, which runs from September 27 to October 7, 2022.

At this event, hosted at ICAO headquarters in Montréal, Minister Alghabra and Minister Joly will participate in several events aimed to advance important issues and priorities for Canada, including:

  • the continued recovery of the air sector;
  • upholding a rules-based international air transport system;
  • taking action to ensure that tragic events, such as the downing of flights PS752 and MH17 are not repeated, including by advocating for improvements to ICAO’s air accident investigation protocols, and advancing the Safer Skies Initiative; and
  • moving towards reducing pollution in the air sector.

While in Montréal, Minister Alghabra will also meet with his counterparts from several countries to discuss ways to enhance international cooperation in transportation.

Quotes

“As the aviation industry continues to recover, I am pleased to attend the ICAO Assembly with representatives from member states across the globe to discuss the challenges we continue to face in the air sector and to work on the solutions needed going forward. As host country, Canada is deeply committed to being a leading member of ICAO as we work towards implementing our ambitious agenda for the aviation industry, and to making air travel cleaner and safer for everyone.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra,
Minister of Transport 

“The International Civil Aviation Organization plays a key role in supporting a multilateral, rules-based order for global aviation. This is crucial due to the very nature of aviation. Aviation transcends borders, and so does this organization. Canada is proud to be host state to the ICAO, a key part of the United Nations system.”

The Honourable Mélanie Joly
Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick Facts

  • ICAO is a United Nations (UN) specialized agency that works with its 193 Member States to set and audit safety, security, emissions, navigation, and facilitation standards to shape and improve international air operations.
  • As Host Country, Canada works to provide the necessary support to ICAO and its diplomatic community. In doing so, Canada works closely with the City of Montréal, the Province of Québec and the Secretariat of ICAO to ensure the organization continues to thrive in Montréal.
  • The ICAO Assembly is the Organization’s sovereign body. It meets at least once every three years in Montréal and is convened by ICAO’s governing body, the Council. The Assembly establishes ICAO’s priorities for the upcoming three years.

Related Links

International Civil Aviation Organization
Assembly-41st Session

Transport Canada is online at tc.canada.ca

As of October 1, masks are no longer required for travel within Canada

26 September 2022 | Information from Transport Canada

Transport Canada

Today, the Government of Canada announced that, as of October 1, masks are no longer required for travel within Canada.

More details at tc.canada.ca/en/initiatives/covid-19-measures-updates-guidance-issued-transport-canada/covid-19-information-travellers-within-canada

The Government of Canada and industry continue efforts to reduce air traveller wait times

Transport Canada

OTTAWA, ON, Sept. 23, 2022 /CNW/ – The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Health, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, the Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Marco Mendicino, and the Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, issued this update today on the continued action and progress being made by the Government of Canada and industry partners to reduce traveller wait times and delays across Canadian airports.

Increasing staffing for security screening and collaborating with industry partners

  • Since April, CATSA hired 1,918 screening officers across Canada.
  • Efforts to increase screening officer staff levels at all airports continue.
  • The Minister of Transport and Transport Canada continue to meet regularly with airports and airlines alongside the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and NAV CANADA to find solutions and address congestion.

Streamlining traveller processing at Toronto Pearson International Airport

  • The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) opened a dedicated International Student Processing area in Terminal 1, which has further streamlined international student study permit issuance, minimize impacts on the general traveller flow, and reduce border wait times.
  • Mobile Passport Control (MPC) mobile app expands to include Canadian preclearance locations
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced last month that the Mobile Passport Control (MPC) mobile app was expanded to include Montréal-Trudeau International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport Preclearance locations.
  • The MPC mobile app, available to U.S citizens and Canadians visiting the U.S that possess a business or tourism visa, allows travellers to submit and store their passport and travel information on their mobile device so it will be readily available for future international travel – resulting in less congestion and more efficient processing.

CBSA advance declaration

  • Travellers arriving at Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver, or Montréal-Trudeau international airports can now save additional time by using the optional Advance CBSA Declaration feature in ArriveCAN to submit their customs and immigration declaration in advance of their arrival at customs.
    • In the coming months, this optional feature will become available to travellers arriving at the Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Billy Bishop Toronto City, Ottawa, Québec City and Halifax international airports.

Continued action to advance the rights of travellers

In Canada, airlines must follow the requirements of the Air Passenger Protection Regulations, which outline, among other obligations, compensation requirements for passengers for flight disruptions due to incidents within an airline’s control.

On September 8, 2022, new regulations came into effect to ensure passengers are offered the option of a refund for flights that are cancelled, or where there is a lengthy delay, due to reasons outside of an air carrier’s control (such as major weather events, or a pandemic) where it is not possible for the airline to complete the passenger’s itinerary within a reasonable time frame.

These new rules are enforced by the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), which is Canada’s independent, quasi-judicial tribunal and regulator of the national transportation system, with the powers of a superior court. Additional resources of $11 million were provided through Budget 2022 to assist the CTA in fulfilling their mandate as passenger travel volumes continue to rise.

Latest data

Associated Link

Flight completions

  • For the week of September 12-18, 2022, 98.5 percent of flights planned for Canada’s top four airports were completed (i.e., not cancelled), an improvement from 95 percent for the first week of July.
  • This percentage is very close to the week of September 16-22, 2019, when 99 percent of flights for the top four airports were completed.

On-time performance

  • From September 12-18, 2022, over 91 percent of flights from the top four airports left on time, or within one hour of their scheduled departure.
  • This is a significant improvement from under 75 percent for the first week of July and is approaching the pre-pandemic levels in September 2019 where 96 percent of flights were on time, or within an hour of scheduled departure.

Holding of aircraft at Toronto Pearson International Airport 

  • The number of arriving international flights being held on the tarmac at Toronto-Pearson International Airport has decreased dramatically since May.
    • For the week of September 12-18, 2022, 1.2 percent, or 26 international flight arrivals, were held on the tarmac, as compared to the peak of 373 during the first week of May.

Passenger security screening wait times 

  • From September 12-18, 2022, 90 percent of passengers at the four largest airports were screened within 15 minutes by CATSA, an improvement from 79 percent during the first week of July 2022.
    • Toronto-Pearson International Airport: 92 percent (98 percent in 2019)
    • Vancouver International Airport: 88 percent (86 percent in 2019)
    • Montréal-Trudeau International Airport: 91 percent (97 percent in 2019)
    • Calgary International Airport: 86 percent (88 percent in 2019)

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

Government of Canada makes important investments at Moosonee Airport

Transport Canada

MOOSONEE, ON , Sept. 22, 2022 /CNW/ – As the second largest country in the world, Canada’s airports help ensure communities stay connected from coast to coast to coast. On top of this, local airports also support essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue, and forest fire response.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced that the Government of Canada is making important safety investments at the Moosonee Airport.

Through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program, the Government of Canada is providing the airport with more than $700,000 for the installation of wildlife control fencing, for the purchase of a runway friction tester and for a sweeper for use in the removal of ice and snow.

This funding will ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for communities in and around Moosonee, and make sure they have access to the essential goods they need.

Quote

“Being the second largest country in the world, our country’s airports play a crucial role in making sure communities stay connected to each other and to essential services. Investments like this one at the Moosonee Airport will ensure that residents in and around Moosonee are able to travel with ease, whether it be for personal or business reasons, and continue to have access to healthcare and critical goods. As we begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring our airports stay strong will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, stronger communities.”

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.
  • 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 as well as installing wildlife control fencing.

Associated Link

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

Government of Canada makes important investments at Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport

Transport Canada

SARNIA, ON, Sept. 8, 2022 /CNW/ – Canadians rely on safe and well-maintained local and regional airports to keep communities connected across the country. These airports also support essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue, and forest fire response.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced that the Government of Canada is making important safety investments at the Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport. Through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program, the Government of Canada is providing the airport with $370,000 for the purchase of a sweeper, used to keep runways and taxiways clear of ice and snow.

This funding will help ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for residents, many of whom depend on their local airport for personal and business travel, as well as for access to routine and emergency medical care in larger centres.

Quote

“Our country’s airports help keep our supply chains moving and our communities connected from coast to coast to coast. With this funding for Sarnia’s Chris Hadfield Airport, communities in and around Sarnia will have better access to safe and reliable air transportation. Investments like these in our local airports will help us deliver on our commitment to build safer, healthier, and stronger communities for everyone.” 

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.
  • 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 as well as installing wildlife control fencing.

Associated Link

Transport Canada is online at tc.canada.ca