Government of Canada is strengthening our supply chain with investments at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport

Transport Canada

MOUNT HOPE, ON, Jan. 23, 2023 /CNW/ – A strong supply chain is a priority for the Government of Canada to make life more affordable for Canadians. The government is therefore committed to ensuring that our supply chains are efficient and reliable to support Canada’s economic growth, create good jobs, while ensuring they are resilient and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, and the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and Member of Parliament for Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, announced an investment of up to nearly $23.5 million under the National Trade Corridors Fund for an expansion and sustainability project at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.

This project, which will cost close to $47 million, will allow the Hamilton International Airport to:

  • handle increased cargo operations by improving and expanding airfield capacity;
  • increase de-icing capacity; and
  • build a new independent road to reduce congestion.

This investment will have significant economic and employment benefits for the region, such as reducing supply chain congestion, facilitating the movement of goods and creating good jobs for Canadians in the region.

The Government of Canada continues to make investments to strengthen the country’s supply chain, promote economic growth and enhance the opportunities for our businesses to expand into global markets. This represents a long-term commitment to work with stakeholders on strategic infrastructure projects to address transportation bottlenecks, vulnerabilities, and congestion along Canada’s trade corridors.

Quotes

“The John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is an important trade hub for key economic sectors such as transportation, warehousing, agriculture, automotive, manufacturing and more. This significant funding will help the airport manage the growth of cargo operations in this strategic trade corridor, while providing opportunities for access to global markets and creating new permanent jobs.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra 
Minister of Transport 

“The John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is home to one of Canada’s largest cargo freighter distribution networks and is crucial to the supply chains and economic opportunities in Hamilton and the surrounding communities. Today’s investment highlights our commitment to build reliable and efficient supply chains while creating jobs and positioning our economy for success.”

The Honourable Filomena Tassi 
Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and Member of Parliament for Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas

“The John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is the fastest growing cargo airport in Canada and a key economic driver of our city. By investing in our local airport, the federal government will help create 1,830 new, permanent jobs in Hamilton and will improve operations at what I feel is already the most efficient airport in the country. With Hamilton’s booming population and business growth, this investment will certainly benefit our city and the region.”

Lisa Hepfner 
Member of Parliament for Hamilton Mountain

“Investments like this highlight our government’s commitment to growing Hamilton’s economy, creating well paid jobs and investing in infrastructure that will be utilized for decades to come. Led by champions like Cathie Puckering, this project highlights the bright future of the airport and our city.”

Chad Collins
Member of Parliament for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek

“Today’s announcement from the federal government is an important step towards strengthening the efficiency and resiliency of the national supply chain by adding capacity and alleviating constraints at the largest domestic overnight express cargo airport in Canada. These investments at the Hamilton International Airport will improve the fluidity, reliability, and safety of critical transportation infrastructure, while enabling economic growth, creating jobs and ensuring essential goods are accessible to all Canadians”

Cathie Puckering 
Vice President and Head – Canadian Network, Vantage Airport Group

“Hamilton International Airport, Canada’s third largest cargo airport by payload, serves as a global gateway in a strategic transportation and trade corridor, and is an economic engine generating significant jobs, industry activity, and GDP. This support from the National Trade Corridors Fund will enable Hamilton International Airport to advance investment to expand and strengthen its airfield and critical assets, create new full-time jobs, generate additional economic activity, and ensure that existing infrastructure under pressure today will be ready to support current and emerging growth well into the future.”

Cole Horncastle 
Executive Managing Director, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport

Quick Facts

  • An efficient and reliable transportation network is key to Canada’s economic growth. The Government of Canada, through the National Trade Corridors Fund, is making investments that will support the flow of goods across Canada’s supply chains.
  • The National Trade Corridors Fund is a competitive, merit-based program designed to help infrastructure owners and users invest in the critical transportation assets that support economic activity in Canada. A total of $4.7 billion over 11 years (2017-2028) has been allocated to the program.
  • Through the National Trade Corridors Fund, Transport Canada is supporting improvements to Canada’s roads, rail, air, and marine shipping routes to foster domestic and international trade.
  • The National Trade Corridors Fund’s Increasing the Fluidity of Canada’s Supply Chains call for proposals supports fluid and reliable trade flows between Canada and global markets, as well as internal trade corridors.

Related Product 

National Trade Corridors Fund Backgrounder 

Government of Canada makes important investments at two Saskatchewan Airports

Transport Canada

OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 6, 2022 /CNW/ – The last few years have underscored the crucial role airports play in supporting essential air services. By ensuring community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue, and forest fire response, airports contribute to keeping Canadians safe and connected 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 two Saskatchewan Airports.

Through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program, two airports in Saskatchewan will receive over $1.7 million from the Government of Canada for projects and equipment that will help maintain safe airport operations for passengers, crews, and airport workers. The airports receiving funding are:

La Ronge

  • to purchase a loader – $424,990
  • to purchase a sweeper – $391,600
  • to purchase a 4×4 snowplow – $444,600

Prince Albert

  • to purchase a 4×4 snowplow – $420,000
  • to purchase material spreader, wet/dry combination – $105,000

The equipment will be used in maintaining aircraft movement surfaces and the removal and control of ice and snow from airside surfaces such as runways, taxiways and the apron.

This funding is in addition to the May 2021 announcement under the program to provide the La Ronge Airport with $110,000 for a material spreader and more than $3.2 million to the Prince Albert Airport for the rehabilitation of airfield electrical systems and for airfield drainage improvements.

Quote

“Airports play a crucial role in keeping Canadians connected across our vast country, and the last two and a half years have only underscored this. Today’s investment of over $1.7 million in the La Ronge and Prince Albert airports is great news for the region’s air sector and for all the communities these airports serve. Investments like these will ensure that our air sector comes out strong as we enter post-pandemic recovery, and help us keep our commitment to building 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.

Minister of Transport announces expanded Canada-Colombia Air Transport Agreement to allow unlimited flights and destinations

Transport Canada

Additional capacity to increase tourism and trade opportunities for both countries

OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 2, 2022 /CNW/ – Canadians rely on a strong air sector to keep their communities connected and get them the essential goods they need on time. Expanding Canada’s existing air transport relationships allows airlines to introduce more flight options, giving passengers and businesses more choice.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced the recent conclusion of an expanded air transport agreement between Canada and Colombia. The expanded agreement allows designated airlines of both countries to operate an unlimited number of passenger and cargo flights to an unlimited number of destinations in Canada and Colombia. This is a significant increase from the previous agreement, which allowed 14 passenger and 14 cargo flights per week.

Colombia is currently Canada’s largest South American international air transport market. The expanded agreement will allow airlines of Canada and Colombia to better respond to the needs of this growing air transport market.

The new rights under the expanded agreement are available for use by airlines immediately.

Quotes

“This significantly expanded agreement will improve connectivity for passengers and businesses in Canada and Colombia, and demonstrates our commitment to enhance air services with Latin America. Our government will continue to strengthen our economy and our air sector, and this expanded agreement will help Canadian businesses do just that.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

“Our government will always advocate for Canadians, and with a global landscape that changes as quickly as today’s, that priority becomes more important than ever. The expanded agreement reaffirms our commitment, as it creates the flexibility needed for airlines and airports to accommodate Canadian and Colombian businesses and travellers alike. The Latin American market offers growing demand for Canadian products and services and we will continue to support our Canadian exporters as they deliver excellence around the world.”

The Honourable Mary Ng
Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development

Quick Facts

  • Colombia is Canada’s 19th largest international air transport market.
  • Canada’s first air transport agreement with Colombia was concluded in 2012. This agreement was reached under Canada’s Blue Sky policy, which encourages long-term, sustainable competition and the development of international air services.
  • Since the launch of the Blue Sky policy in November 2006, the Government of Canada has negotiated air transport agreements with more than 100 countries.

Associated Link

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

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

Transport Canada

OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 28, 2022 /CNW/ – The pandemic highlighted the important role Canada’s airports play in our country’s economy and in sustaining the social and economic well-being of our communities. As Canada’s air sector continues to recover, investments in airport infrastructure are crucial to ensuring that Canadian travellers have access to safe and reliable air transportation options.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced new funding to support important transportation infrastructure projects at the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.

The airport is receiving close to $4 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for the rehabilitation of the pavement on Taxiways A, M, AA, BB, and CC. This investment will help ensure continued safe airport operations for passengers, airline crews and airport workers.

This funding is in addition to $6.4 million announced in 2021 under the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for the construction of a light rail transit (LRT) station at the airport, and $5.6 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund, to help the airport maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in the National Capital Region and surrounding communities. 

Quotes

“As we continue with the return of aviation activity that supports the health, safety, and security of all Canadians, it is imperative that we maintain a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector. These critical investments will allow the Ottawa 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

“The Ottawa Airport is a central hub for travellers in Ottawa and across Canada. This new funding for critical infrastructure projects will ensure the continued safety of workers, travellers, and Canadians, and will promote a better and more secure aviation industry for all.”

The Honourable David McGuinty
Member of Parliament for Ottawa South

“After being hard-hit by the pandemic, we appreciate the federal government’s support as we work to maintain our infrastructure to ensure the highest level of safety for our passengers and employees. This support is ever more important as we continue our recovery, welcoming new partnerships and air service to YOW that will benefit Canada’s Capital Region.” 

Mark Laroche
President and CEO
Ottawa 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

Minister of Transport leads Air Sector Recovery Summit with industry partners, labour associations and consumer rights groups

OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 24, 2022 /CNW/ – Ensuring that Canadians have access to safe, efficient and reliable air travel is a top priority for the Government of Canada. This past summer demonstrated how much work remains to be done to ensure a strong recovery of the sector and the ongoing need for collaboration between partners. It is only by continuing to improve that we can grow the industry and our economy, create good jobs for Canadians, and ensure reliable service for travellers.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, led a National Summit on the Recovery of the Air Sector. The Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Annie Koutrakis, also participated in the event.

The Summit brought together industry partners, including airports, airlines, industry associations, labour groups, consumer rights groups, and government departments and agencies to discuss critical issues facing commercial passenger air transportation and the future of the air sector in Canada.

The Air Sector Recovery Summit participants covered a broad range of challenges, strategies, and next steps to support a strong and resilient air transportation sector. Discussion topics included:

  • COVID-19 lessons learned and challenges for the future
  • Supporting digital transformation
  • Managing costs and infrastructure
  • Integrated management of services at airports, including through data management
  • Transparency, accountability and passenger rights

Prior to the Summit, Transport Canada also invited a large number of air sector stakeholders to participate in an online survey to share their views. The Summit and survey responses will inform the work of Transport Canada, along with other government and industry partners, as they develop approaches to support Canada’s air sector recovery and improvements in services for travellers. In the meantime, Transport Canada will continue to collaborate with partners to improve air transport system performance with a particular focus on the upcoming holiday season, and ensuring further improvements in advance of summer 2023 volumes.

Quotes 

“The air industry was devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as passenger volumes increased by over 280% last summer, the industry faced a new crisis of congestion and delays. We came together over the summer to address those challenges and again today to discuss important lessons learned and the way forward in advance of the busy holiday travel season. From advancing digital technologies to enhancing passenger rights, we are working hard to find the right solutions for Canadian travellers—to keep air travel safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable into the future.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra, 
Minister of Transport  

“We need to continue to work together to ensure our aviation industry fully recovers and Canadians have the air travel opportunities they require. It was our pleasure to meet with our country’s airlines, airports and other important stakeholders to discuss next steps to improve and grow this vitally important sector.”

Annie Koutrakis
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

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

Government of Canada supports Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport with new funding for critical infrastructure projects

Transport Canada

QUÉBEC CITY, Nov. 18, 2022 /CNW/ – As Canada’s air sector continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, investments in our airport infrastructure are crucial to keeping travellers, workers, and communities safe.

Today, the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Québec, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced new funding to help the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.

The airport is receiving over $10 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for:

  • the reconstruction of Runway 29 and the rehabilitation of taxiways; and
  • modifications to the airport’s access and control zones to improve the circulation of international passengers between the restricted and non-restricted areas of the airport.

In addition to the funding for these infrastructure projects, the Government of Canada also provided the airport with over $4.2 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund in 2021 to help it maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in Québec City and surrounding communities.

The pandemic highlighted the important role Canada’s airports play in our country’s economy and in sustaining the social and economic well-being of our communities. These investments will improve access to safe, reliable, and efficient air transportation options, and will help the Government of Canada deliver our commitment to build safer, healthier, and stronger communities across the country.

Quotes

“The Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport is a key transportation hub not just for Québec City but for much of northern and eastern Quebec. It connects us with family and friends, helps us discover new destinations, and is a pivotal transportation corridor for many Québec City businesses and Canada’s resource development sector. This funding will enhance airport safety for travellers, air crews and airport workers, while supporting jobs and our regional economy.”   

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Québec

“As we continue with the return of aviation activity that supports the health, safety, and security of all Canadians, it is imperative that we maintain a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector. These critical investments will allow the Québec City Jean Lesage 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

“As Canadians are ready to travel again, and with an increasing number of them flying out of YQB, it is essential that we provide travellers with quality infrastructure and services that are efficient and safe. On behalf of the entire team at the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, I would like to thank the Government of Canada for this funding. It will enable us to invest in key infrastructure projects to respond to the increase in air traffic and to effectively fulfill our role as a hub and driving force of socio-economic development for the greater Québec City area and all eastern Quebec.”

Stéphane Poirier
President and CEO
Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB)

“Airports are an integral part of a region’s economy, a vital gateway and a strategic transportation corridor for the community it serves. This financial support will ensure that, as Canada continues to recover from the impacts of the pandemic, the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport will continue to provide regional accessibility, and safe, reliable, and efficient air services for residents and workers across the region.”

Joël Lightbound
Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert

Quick Facts

  • The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, launched in May 2021, provided $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 makes important investments at four Northwest Territories airports

OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 15, 2022 /CNW/ – The last two years have underscored the crucial role regional airports play in supporting essential air services. By ensuring community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue, and forest fire response, these airports contribute to keeping Canadians safe and connected 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 local and regional airports in the Northwest Territories. Through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program, four airports in the Northwest Territories will receive over $1.5 million for the purchase of critical safety equipment that will assist in the removal and control of ice and snow from airside surfaces such as runways, taxiways, and the apron.

The airports receiving funding are:

Fort Simpson

  • to purchase a 4×4 snowplow truck – $420,000

Hay River

  • to purchase a grader – $410,000

Inuvik

  • to purchase a loader – $381,425

Yellowknife

  • to purchase a sweeper – $314,500
  • to purchase a 4×4 snowplow truck – $357,000
  • to purchase a de-icing trailer – $89,250  

These investments are in addition to the more than $19.8 million in funding provided through the program in May 2021 for safety-related projects at the Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, and Yellowknife airports.

Quote

“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. Investing in our airports will improve access to safe, reliable, and efficient air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our commitment to build safer, healthier, and stronger communities as Canada recovers from the pandemic.” 

The Honourable Omar Alghabra 
Minister of Transport

“The airports in Fort Simpson, Inuvik, Hay River, and Yellowknife are all critically important for residents and businesses in their regions. These investments in safety equipment will help ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for Northerners.”

Michael McLeod 
Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories 

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

Expanded Canada-India Air Transport Agreement to allow unlimited flights between both countries

Transport Canada

Additional capacity will strengthen travel and business ties

TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2022 /CNW/ – From visiting friends and family to getting goods to markets around the world, Canadians rely on the aviation industry to provide diverse international air services. Expanding Canada’s existing air transport relationships allow airlines to introduce more flight options and routings, which benefit passengers and businesses by providing greater choice and convenience.

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, today announced the recent conclusion of an expanded air transport agreement between Canada and India. The expanded agreement allows designated airlines to operate an unlimited number of flights between the two countries. The previous agreement limited each country to 35 flights per week.

This significant move will allow airlines of Canada and India to better respond to the needs of the Canada-India air transport market. Going forward, officials of both countries will remain in contact to discuss further expansion of the agreement.

The new rights under the expanded agreement are available for use by airlines immediately.

Quotes

“The expanded air transport agreement between Canada and India is a positive development for air transport relations between our countries. We are pleased to expand this relationship with additional flexibility for airlines to serve this growing market. By making the movement of goods and people faster and easier, this expanded agreement will continue to facilitate trade and investment between Canada and India and help our businesses grow and succeed.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Canada’s Minister of Transport

“The Canada-India economic relationship is built on deep-rooted people to people ties. With this expanded air transport agreement, we are facilitating even more exchanges of professionals, students, business people, and investors. As we strengthen our trade and investment relationship with India, we will continue building bridges like this that enable our entrepreneurs, workers, and businesses to access new opportunities.”

The Honourable Mary Ng
Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development

Quick Facts

  • India is Canada’s 4th largest international air transport market.
  • Canada’s first air transport agreement with India was concluded in 1982, and was last expanded in 2011. This new agreement was reached under Canada’s Blue Sky policy, which encourages long-term, sustainable competition and the development of international air services.
  • The agreement gives Canadian air carriers access to Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai, and Indian air carriers access to Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver, and two additional points to be selected by India.
  • Other cities in both countries can be served indirectly through code-share services.
  • Rights for all-cargo services are already unrestricted.

Associated Link
Additional information on the Blue Sky policy

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

Minister of Transport to host an Air Sector Recovery Summit on November 24

Transport Canada

OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 31, 2022 /CNW/ – Ensuring that all Canadians have access to safe, efficient and reliable air travel is a top priority for the Government of Canada. This past summer demonstrated how much work remains to be done to ensure a strong recovery of the sector and the continued need for collaboration between all partners. It is only by continuing this work that we can grow the industry and our economy, continue creating good jobs for Canadians and ensure reliable supply chains.

That’s why, today, the Minister of Transport, the Honorable Omar Alghabra, announced that he will host a National Summit on the Recovery of the Air Sector on November 24, 2022. This Summit will bring together government departments and agencies, as well as industry partners including airports, airlines, industry associations, unions and consumer groups to discuss critical issues facing aviation and the future of the air sector in Canada.

The Air Sector Recovery Summit will serve as an opportunity to convene a broad range of aviation stakeholders to discuss challenges, strategies, and next steps to support a strong and resilient air transportation sector. Facilitating open discussions will allow the Government of Canada to identify ways to mitigate aviation sector pressures, and to encourage partners to come up with innovative solutions. For the participants, it will also be an opportunity to hear about the government’s key priorities.

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring ongoing collaboration with its partners, and to reinforcing the importance of connectivity. Discussions at the Summit will focus on what needs to be done, collectively and individually, to build a more resilient and reliable air transportation sector for the future.  

Quote  

“The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the important role Canada’s air sector plays in our country’s economy, and the lives of Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast. It is important to come together with our partners to discuss the progress we have made as well as the challenges that remain. By sharing lessons learned, as well as strategies for future resilience, we are confident we will come out with a much stronger aviation industry—one able to more easily overcome future disruptions.” 

The Honourable Omar Alghabra, 
Minister of Transport  

Transport Canada is online at tc.canada.ca.

Government of Canada makes important investments at Windsor International Airport

Transport Canada

WINDSOR, ON, Oct. 28, 2022 /CNW/ – The last two and a half years of the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the importance of local and regional 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 Windsor International Airport.

Through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program, the Government of Canada is providing the airport with $180,000 for the purchase of a 4×2 plow truck to be used to remove and control snow and ice. 

This investment is in addition to the more than $200,000 provided to the airport under the Program in May 2021, to purchase a loader.

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.

Quotes

“Local and regional airports like the Windsor International 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 Windsor International 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

“The time is now to keep investing in YQG airport. Our region is primed for growth in tourism and business thanks to our Government’s efforts to lift border measures and bring significant dollars for airport modernization to the region.”

Irek Kusmierczyk
Member of Parliament for Windsor—Tecumseh and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

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.