SUDBURY, ON, July 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Jay Aspin, Member of Parliament for
Nipissing—Timiskaming, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the
Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, today announced more than $3
million in funding for two safety improvement projects at the Greater
The Greater Sudbury Airport is receiving through the Airports Capital
Assistance Program (ACAP), $2,425,854 for the rehabilitation of Runway
04-22 and the replacement of selected apron panels and $754,567 for the
installation of a wildlife management fence. The runway rehabilitation
and apron panel work will ensure continued safe operation for
passengers, medical evacuations, and fire fighting operations, while
the wildlife fence is an important tool in controlling mammals,
especially bears, on airport runways and surrounding land.
"As Vice-Chair of the Aerospace Caucus it has been a priority of mine to
work with the government in strengthening our regional aerospace
infrastructure and industry," said MP Aspin. "Projects like this
strengthen our local economy while also enhancing safety of all those
who use this airport, the net result is a benefit to the communities
and businesses of Northern Ontario."
"We are extremely pleased to receive significant financial support from
Transport Canada's Airports Capital Assistance Program," said Dr. Bish
Bora, Chair, Greater Sudbury Airport Community Development Corporation.
"This investment will result in safer operations and improved services
to the travelling public and will enable the Greater Sudbury Airport to
fulfill its role as a catalyst for economic development."
To date, through ACAP, the Greater Sudbury Airport has received more
than $10 million for 16 projects, including today's announcement. Since
the program started, the Government of Canada has invested more than
$606 million for 750 projects at 174 airports. Improvements include
purchasing/replacing heavy airside mobile equipment; installing
wildlife fencing; and rehabilitating runway pavements, airfield
lighting and electrical systems.
Canada's Economic Action Plan provides new opportunities for growth, job
creation and long-term prosperity. Thanks to the Government of
Canada's leadership and our strong economic and financial fundamentals,
the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better
than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader
among G-7 countries throughout the recovery with over one million net
new jobs created since July 2009.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Press Secretary Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, Minister of the Economic
Development Agency of Canada for the Regions
of Quebec, and Minister of Intergovernmental
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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