SYDNEY, NS, June 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament
for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, on behalf of the
Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, today announced funding that will allow the J.A. Douglas
McCurdy Sydney 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
Armstrong. "I am pleased that this funding will directly and indirectly
create jobs for the airport and local suppliers."
This year, the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport is receiving $363,000
through the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) to purchase a
runway condition reporting system and replace an emergency power
"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
"These improvements are welcome investments that will make our airport
safer for the traveling public," said Doug Peach, Board Chairman, J. A.
Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. "Travelers can be confident that our
airport will be equipped with the latest technology in runway condition
reporting and emergency power systems."
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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