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Government of Canada investing in safety at Kenora Airport

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KENORA, ON, Aug. 23, 2019 /CNW/ – Canadians, tourists and businesses benefit from safe and well-maintained airports. From visiting friends and family, to travelling to medical appointments, or getting goods to market, we rely on our local airports to support and sustain vibrant communities. These airports also provide essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue and forest fire response.

The Honourable Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced a Government of Canada investment to purchase a grader at the Kenora Airport. The grader, valued at $334,000, will assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron.

Keeping runways, taxiways and aprons free of snow and ice ensures safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and helps protect costly airport safety assets during airport operations.

Quotes

“The Kenora Airport is an important hub for residents and businesses in Northern Ontario. This investment will help ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for Kenora residents, many of whom depend on their local airports not only for personal travel and business, but also for access to specialized and emergency medical care in larger centres.”

The Honourable Bob Nault 
Member of Parliament for Kenora

“Our Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • This funding comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).
  • Since the Program started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested more than $882.7 million for 948 projects at 186 airports across the country.
  • To date, the Kenora Airport has received more than $5.7 million in ACAP funding for 12 safety projects, including the rehabilitation of Runway 07-25, the installation of wildlife control fencing, and the purchase of snow-clearing equipment.

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Canadians to benefit from expanded air transport agreement with Chile

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OTTAWA, Aug. 23, 2019 /CNW/ – From visiting friends and family, to getting goods to markets around the world, Canadians rely on a robust aviation industry with diverse international air services.

Expanding Canada’s existing air transport relationships allows airlines to introduce more flight options and routes, which benefit passengers and businesses by providing greater choice and convenience.

Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced that Canada has successfully expanded its existing air transport agreement with Chile. The original Canada-Chile agreement entered into force in February 2005and provides an unlimited number of direct flights for airlines between both countries.

The expanded agreement includes:

  • More flexibility to operate “fifth freedom” passenger services, which allow airlines to stop in third countries to pick up and discharge passengers en route to the final destination in Canada or Chile;
  • A fully open and flexible code-sharing regime, including with third-country airlines. Code-sharing occurs when an air carrier sells seats on a flight operated by another air carrier, allowing it to expand its network and product offerings; and
  • A fully open all-cargo regime, including unlimited fifth freedom rights.

These amendments take effect immediately.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is working to help the Canadian air industry increase its access to international markets. This, in turn, supports an expansion of trade, tourism and people-to-people links, which benefits all Canadians.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

“The expanded Canada-Chile Air Transport Agreement will improve market access for passenger and cargo services, and make it easier for businesses to grow into this dynamic market. It’s a step forward for businesses looking to expand in the region and will help generate wealth, opportunity and ultimately jobs for Canadians.”

The Honourable Jim Carr
Minister of International Trade Diversification

Quick Facts

  • Transport Canada is working on new and expanded air transport agreements under Canada’s Blue Sky policy, which encourages long-term, sustainable competition and the development of international air services.
  • Under the Blue Sky Policy, the Government of Canada has concluded new or expanded air transport agreements covering 107 countries.

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Government of Canada invests in safety at Sept-Îles’s Regional Airport

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SEPT-ÎLES, QC, Aug. 16, 2019 /CNW/ – Whether for business or leisure travel, Canada’s regional airports play a key role in our transportation network, and are vital hubs for the region’s business, health care sector and social services. Ensuring that airports are safe and well maintained is essential for the social and economic development of our regions.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced that the Government of Canada will be performing rehabilitation work on the Sept-Îles regional airport’s main runway. The work involves completing the bituminous resurfacing of the airport’s runway 09-27, taxiways and apron. The award of the contract and the development of plans and specifications are expected in the summer of 2020, and work should begin in 2021.

Keeping runways, taxiways and aprons in compliance with standards is key to ensuring safe usage conditions for aircraft, passengers and crews, and helps protect costly airport assets during airport operations.

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“Sept-Îles Airport is vitally important for the region’s residents, tourists and businesses. Our Government supports Canada’s local airports because they are major contributors to the economic growth and social vitality of smaller communities. These investments will improve access to affordable, efficient and safe air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, stronger, and more vibrant communities across Canada.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • The 2018 budget included an investment of about $41 million over five years, beginning in 2018-2019, for Transport Canada to address urgent capital needs. The funding was intended to ensure the safety and operational continuity of small airports owned and operated by the Government of Canada which primarily serve remote, isolated communities. As of 2018-2019, the funds will be invested over a period of five years in airport facility improvement projects, as well as projects to rehabilitate runways at several regional airports.
  • Transport Canada owns and operates 11 regional airports in Québec, including Sept-Îles Airport. The airport handled a total of 26,554 movements in 2019, including 22,202 commercial flights. The Sept-Îles regional airport is an important hub for the region’s residents and businesses. The airport serves the city of Sept-Îles and its surroundings, and well as towns and villages in the entire Côte-Nord region, enabling business travel and tourism with its many daily flights to Québec City, Montréal, Wabush, Schefferville and the Basse-Côte-Nord region.

Government of Canada investing in safety at the Kamloops Airport

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Kamloops Airport

KAMLOOPS, BC, Aug. 15, 2019 /CNW/ – Canadians, tourists and businesses benefit from safe and well-maintained airports. From visiting friends and family, to travelling to medical appointments, or getting goods to market, we rely on our local airports to support and sustain vibrant communities. These airports also provide essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue and forest fire response.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced a Government of Canada investment for a shelter to house the two aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles at the Kamloops Airport. The project, valued at $555,900, will include the renovation and expansion of the existing shelter to accommodate the second vehicle.

The shelter protects the firefighting vehicles from environmental conditions such as ice and snow and allows for the rapid and effective response to aircraft emergencies. Keeping emergency response vehicles free of ice and snow is key to ensuring safe airport operations for aircraft, passengers, and crews.

Quotes

“Our Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • This funding comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).
  • Since the Program started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested more than $882.7 million for 948 projects at 186 airports across the country.
  • To date, the Kamloops Airport has received more than $10 million in ACAP funding for 16 safety projects, including the rehabilitation of Runway 08-26, the apron and taxiways, two aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles, and snow-clearing equipment.

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Government of Canada investing in safety at the North Peace Regional Airport

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North Peace Regional Airport

FORT ST-JOHN, BC, Aug. 15, 2019 /CNW/ – Canadians, tourists and businesses benefit from safe and well-maintained airports. From visiting friends and family, to travelling to medical appointments, or getting goods to market, we rely on our local airports to support and sustain vibrant communities. These airports also provide essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue and forest fire response.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced a Government of Canada investment to purchase a grader at the North Peace Regional Airport. The grader, valued at $223,728, will assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron.

Keeping runways, taxiways and aprons free of snow and ice ensures safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and helps protect costly airport safety assets during airport operations.

Quote

“Our Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • This funding comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).
  • Since the Program started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested more than $882.7 million for 948 projects at 186 airports across the country.
  • To date, the North Peace Regional Airport has received more than $16.7 million in ACAP funding for 15 safety projects, including the purchase of two aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles, the rehabilitation of the taxiways, apron and edgelighting, and the replacement of snow clearing equipment.

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Government of Canada investing in safety at the La Ronge (Barber Field) Airport

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LA RONGE, SK, Aug. 15, 2019 /CNW/ – Canadians, tourists and businesses benefit from safe and well-maintained airports. From visiting friends and family, to travelling to medical appointments, or getting goods to market, we rely on our local airports to support and sustain vibrant communities. These airports also provide essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue and forest fire response.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced a Government of Canada investment to purchase a grader at the La Ronge (Barber Field) Airport. The grader, valued at $334,000, will assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron.

Keeping runways taxiways and aprons free of ice and snow ensures safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and helps protect costly airport safety assets during airport operations.

Quote

“Our Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • This funding comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).
  • Since the Program started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested more than $882.7 million for 948 projects at 186 airports across the country.
  • To date, the La Ronge (Barber Field) Airport has received more than $7.5 million in ACAP funding for eight safety projects, including the installation of wildlife control fencing, the rehabilitation of the runway, taxiways, and apron, and the replacement of snow clearing equipment.

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Government of Canada investing in safety at the Cambridge Bay Airport

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CAMBRIDGE BAY, NU, Aug. 8, 2019 /CNW/ – Canadians, tourists and businesses benefit from safe and well-maintained airports. From visiting friends and family, to travelling to medical appointments, or getting goods to market, we rely on our local airports to support and sustain vibrant communities. These airports also provide essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue and forest fire response.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced a Government of Canada investment to replace a grader at the Cambridge Bay Airport.

The grader, valued at $360,000, will assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron.

Well maintained runways, taxiways and aprons, that are kept clear of ice and snow are key to ensuring safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and help protect costly airport safety assets during airport operations.

Quote

“Our Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • This funding comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).
  • Since the Program started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested more than $882.7 million for 948 projects at 186 airports across the country.
  • This is the first time the Cambridge Bay Airport is receiving ACAP funding.

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‘A very serious concern’: Near collisions between drones and airplanes on the rise

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33 ‘incidents’ in Ontario’s skies between Jan. 1 and June 30 this year, Transport Canada says

Mike Smee · CBC News · Posted: Aug 08, 2019

Transport Canada says there were 33 ‘incidents’ between drones and airplanes in Ontario’s skies over the Jan. 1 to June 30 period. (Getty images)

The number of mid-air conflicts between drones and crewed aircraft rose in the first half of this year in most parts of Canada, with Ontario leading the way by far, according to new statistics obtained by CBC News.

Transport Canada says between Jan. 1 and June 30, there were 33 “incidents” between drones and airplanes in Ontario’s skies. During the same period in 2018, there were 24, and 25 in the first six months of 2017.

Transport Canada defines an incident as a conflict between a crewed aircraft and a drone that “poses a risk to aviation safety.”

“More drones are flying, so there’s more probability that incidents could be reported to the department,” said Ryan Coates, manager of Transport Canada’s remotely piloted aircraft systems task force. “They’ve just increased in numbers by the thousands.”

During the same time period, the number of drone-airplane conflicts has risen in other regions across Canada, with the exception of Quebec, where they’ve dropped since the first half of 2017, from 11 incidents to six this year.

Even so, there has only been one case of a drone striking a crewed aircraft, according to Coates.

  • In late 2017, a passenger plane and a drone collided over Quebec’s Jean Lesage airport. There were no injuries and the plane landed safely.
  • In November 2016, two flight attendants were injured when a Porter Airlines flight dove suddenly on its approach to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. 

“The crew observed a ‘drone’ type object on a collision course with the aircraft,” the captain reported in documents obtained under a freedom of information request. “The object was described as: solid, dark, about 5-8 feet in diameter, and shaped like a doughnut.”

This chart shows the number of reported drone incidents posing a risk to aviation safety, region by region.(Transport Canada)

Emails between employees at Porter Airlines and Transport Canada investigators speculate the object could have escaped from a U.S. military base near Watertown, N.Y., where “they launch and test-fly drones.” Ultimately, the object was never positively identified.

Although Transport Canada attributes the spike in drone-plane conflicts in part to an increase in the number of drones in the air, the agency and drone operators agree it’s difficult to estimate how quickly the number has grown in recent years, because registration has only been mandatory since June 1, when new federal regulations came into effect.

As of Aug. 2, Transport Canada says, there were 9,468 drones registered in Ontario and almost 28,000 in Canada.

The new rules stipulate everyone operating a drone that weighs more than 250 grams must register it. Operators also need to obtain a drone pilot’s certificate. Only advanced-level drone pilots — who must be at least 16 years old and pass a more comprehensive exam — are allowed to fly over people, or within airspace regulated by an air traffic controller. 

The number of drones registered from Jan. 9, 2019 to Aug. 2, 2019 by province. No stats were collected before January. (Transport Canada)

Drones that weigh less than 250 grams don’t need to be registered, and owners don’t need a licence to fly them, according to the new rules.

Local police services enforce the regulations, Coates said.

Fines for “putting aircraft and people at risk” can be up to $15,000 according to Transport Canada’s website.

But Coates said Transport Canada’s efforts to educate the drone-operating public began well before the new regulations came into effect.

“We’ve done extensive outreach … and we think it’ll have a more positive impact on safety more generally,” he said. “But I think what you will see is that when you create more awareness, and you see an increase in flights, that you will see an increase in incidents that are reported.”

Coates said Transport Canada will continue studying all drone/manned aircraft conflicts, to see what more, if anything, needs to be done to enhance public safety.

“We are going to monitor the kinds of incidents that come in to see if there are trends that are emerging, to see if there are steps we can take. We are committed to continually getting the message out to Canadians so that we can see safety incidents and safety reports come down.”

Former airline pilot Michael Cohen, who runs a company that employs industrial drones, says as the number of users has increased, it was inevitable the number of conflicts would too. (Submitted by Michael Cohen)

Several drone operators told CBC Toronto they question Transport Canada’s numbers. The number of conflicts may not be accurate because airplane pilots often misidentify the objects they come into contact with, they said.

“Transport Canada is reasonably confident that the majority of drone incidents reported actually involve drones,” the agency said in an email to CBC News on Wednesday. “The department analyses drone incident data and does not include reports that lack descriptive information and/or information that would allow officials to validate the report.”

Michael Cohen, a former airline pilot who now runs Toronto-based Industrial Skyworks, said the risk to crewed aircraft is biggest during takeoffs and landings, when planes are most likely to come into contact with low-flying drones.

“Any pilot’s going to be worried about a vehicle that’s going to conflict with their airspace, particularly on departure and arrival. That’s going to be a very, very serious concern,” he said.

“The potential for damage to a commercial airliner could be really, really significant, so if we have an increased amount of conflict, that’s going to be problem.”

Mike Campbell, a licensed drone pilot and vice-chair of the industry association Unmanned Systems Canada, questions whether the number of reported drone sightings by airplane pilots is accurate. (Kelda Yuen/CBC)

However, he said, increasingly professional commercial drone operators are mitigating the potential for problems.

“Those operators now are aviation professionals.”

Drone pilot Mike Campbell, vice-chair of operations for the industry organization Unmanned Systems Canada, said as consumers become more comfortable with the new rules, the safety of airspace users will increase.

“I think it’s going to take some time for the public to get fully aware of all the facts and information around flying drones,” he said. “But I think at the end of the day, it’ll be safer, people will be aware and the industry as a whole will be better off.”

With files from CBC’s Kelda Yuen

Government of Canada invests in transportation infrastructure improvements at the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport

Provided by Transport Canada/CNW

DIEPPE, NB, Aug. 7, 2019 /CNW/ – The quality of Canada’s transportation infrastructure and the efficiency of the country’s trade corridors are key to the success of Canadian companies in the global marketplace. The Government of Canadainvests in infrastructure projects that create quality, middle-class jobs and support economic growth.

Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe and the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade and Member of Parliament for Beauséjour, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced a major investment of $8.34 million to  increase cargo operational infrastructure at the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport, and move Canadian goods to international markets more efficiently.

The project includes:

  • Expanding Apron 8 to accommodate more cargo flights without affecting passenger aircraft traffic;
  • Expanding the de-icing pad to allow for de-icing of cargo aircraft and passenger aircraft;
  • A new de-icing fluid management system to comply with environmental regulations; and
  • Overhauling and reconstructing the road connecting the airport apron to cold storage and cargo staging facilities.

These investments will have important economic and employment benefits for the region by creating an estimated 140 jobs in the region during construction and supporting increased exports of Canadian products such as live and fresh seafood.

The Government of Canada is supporting infrastructure projects that contribute most to Canada’s success in international trade. Trade diversification is a key component of the National Trade Corridors Fund, through projects that: 

  • improve the performance of the transportation system to increase the value and volume of goods exported from Canada to overseas markets; and
  • generate new overseas trade as a result of the investment.

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“The Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport is a key factor in the growth of the Moncton economy. I am thrilled this project is going ahead. The improvements to our airport announced today will create more options for cargo aircraft and help businesses get more products to market. This investment in Moncton’s airport demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to Moncton’s growth. This investment recognizes how much our airport contributes to the prosperity of Moncton and Canada.”

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor  
Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe

“The Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport is an important economic generator for our province. Upgrading its critical infrastructure helps eliminate bottlenecks and capacity issues to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of the Moncton area, as well as the incredible cargo growth we’re now experiencing.”

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc
Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade and Member of Parliament for Beauséjour

Our government is investing in Canada’s economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors. We are supporting projects to efficiently move goods to market and people to their destinations, stimulate economic growth, create quality middle-class jobs, and ensure that Canada’s transportation networks remain competitive and efficient.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

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 to international markets. While the United States continues to be Canada’s top trade partner with $741.4 billion in trade ($437.6 billion exported, $303.8 billion imported) in 2018, trade is growing with international markets. From 2015 to 2018, trade with Asia (excluding the Middle East) grew by 18.9 per cent to $199.2 billion and trade with the European Union grew by 19 per cent since 2015 to $118.1 billion in 2018.
  • The Government of Canada is making investments that help Canadian exporters accelerate their presence in new markets, and take advantage of the new opportunities that exist because of the trade agreements the Government has secured in the past three years. By investing in export-intensive industries, the Government is committed to the creation of well-paying jobs and strengthening Canada’s economy.
  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

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Canada investing in safety at the Grande Prairie Airport

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GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB, Aug. 6, 2019 /CNW/ – Canadians, tourists and businesses benefit from safe and well-maintained airports. From visiting friends and family, to travelling to medical appointments, or getting goods to market, we rely on our local airports to support and sustain vibrant communities. These airports also provide essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue and forest fire response.

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced an investment of $469,139 to install wildlife fencing at the Grande Prairie Airport. This investment will allow the installation of three-metre high wildlife fencing to protect the runway from intrusions by large animals, notably moose and deer.

Runways, taxiways and aprons free of large animals ensure safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and help protect airport safety assets, such as snow clearing equipment and aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles, during airport operations.

Quotes

“The Grande Prairie Airport is an important hub for residents and businesses in this region. This is why we are supporting safe and reliable airport operations for Grande Prairie residents, many of whom depend on their local airport not only for personal travel and business, but also for access to specialized and emergency medical care in larger centres.”

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi
Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods

“Our Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • This funding comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).
  • Since the Program started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested more than $882.7 million for 948 projects at 186 airports across the country.
  • To date, the Grande Prairie Airport has received more than $22.1 million in ACAP funding for 19 safety projects, including the rehabilitation of Runway 12-30, the purchase of an aircraft rescue firefighting vehicle, and new snow-clearing equipment.

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