OTTAWA, June 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of
Health and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development
Agency, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, today announced funding that will allow
the Baker Lake and Chesterfield Inlet Airports to make important safety
"Infrastructure investments at regional airports are a key part of our
government's plan to create jobs and generate economic growth," said
Minister Aglukkaq. "I am pleased that this funding will directly and
indirectly create jobs for the airports and local suppliers."
This year, through the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP), the
Baker Lake Airport is receiving $2,068,488 to rehabilitate its airfield
lighting and electrical systems and the Chesterfield Inlet Airport is
receiving $1,454,840 to rehabilitate its airfield lighting and
"Our government is committed to the safety and security of all
Canadians," said Minister Lebel. "We are committed to fund
safety-related capital projects at regional airports across the country
because these airports are vital gateways for local residents,
businesses, trade and tourism. These upgrades will improve safety for
air travelers and support the efficient movement of goods - helping to
ensure the right conditions for economic growth and long-term
In 2012-2013, the Harper government will invest more than $25.9 million
for 35 projects for safety-related improvements at 26 airports across
Canada. Improvements include purchasing/replacing heavy airside mobile
equipment; installing wildlife fencing; and rehabilitating runway
pavements, airfield lighting and electrical systems.
To date, through ACAP, the Government of Canada has invested more than
$585.6 million for 715 projects at 173 airports. Over 99 per cent of
these projects were airside safety-related projects such as runways,
taxiways and visual aids, as well as heavy airside mobile equipment
such as fire trucks and snowplows.
SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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