OTTAWA, June 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for
Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced funding that
will allow the Sault Ste. Marie Airport and the R. Elmer Ruddick Nakina
Airport to make important safety improvements.
"Infrastructure investments at regional airports are a key part of our
government's plan to create jobs and generate economic growth," said MP
Hayes. "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
Sault Ste. Marie Airport is receiving $29,848 for the installation of
aircraft radio control of airfield lighting system. This is in
addition to $592,472 announced earlier this year to rehabilitate
airside electrical equipment. The R. Elmer Ruddick Nakina Airport is
receiving $54,144 to purchase runway friction testing equipment and
electronic runway condition reporting equipment.
"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
"The Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation welcomes this
additional funding commitment from the federal government through the
Transport Canada ACAP program," said Terry Bos, CEO of the Sault Ste.
Marie Airport. "This funding enhances the airport's ability to improve
overall safety and efficiency at the airport and the upgrades to the
facility are consistent with our master plan for the airport."
"Greenstone is very pleased to receive funding for the R. Elmer Ruddick
Nakina Airport," stated Mr. Renald Beaulieu, Mayor of Greenstone. "This
funding will assist in ensuring that the Airport has the safest, most
efficient and effective operations possible."
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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