Government of Canada invests in safety at Moosonee Airport

MOOSONEE. ON, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora, 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 funding for an important safety improvement project at the Moosonee Airport.

The Moosonee Airport is receiving $37,517 through the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) to purchase an electronic runway condition reporting system. This new system will provide timely, accurate and precise wireless reporting and recording of runway conditions.

"Our government understands the special safety needs and the importance of an effective airport network across Northern Ontario's vast region. The Moosonee Airport is a vital gateway for local residents, businesses, trade and tourism," said MP Rickford. "This funding will enhance the safety of all those who use this airport, especially the communities and businesses in Northern Ontario."

"On behalf of the Town of Moosonee, we appreciate the continued support of Transport Canada," said Mayor Victor Mitchell. "The Town of Moosonee's Airport is a regional hub of air transportation in the James Bay Coast, and continues to grow in air traffic as mineral and economic opportunities increase in the area. The electronic runway condition reporting system funding from ACAP will greatly enhance the safety of our airport traffic."

To date, through ACAP, the Moosonee Airport has received more than $7.3 million for 14 projects, including today's announcement. Since the program started, the Government of Canada has invested more than $606 million for 746 projects at 174 airports. Improvements include purchasing/replacing heavy airside mobile equipment; installing wildlife fencing; and rehabilitating runway pavements, airfield lighting and electrical systems.

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SOURCE: Transport Canada

For further information:

Marie-Josée Paquette
Press Secretary Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Ottawa
613-991-0700

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055

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