Canada's New Government funds new airport safety projects across Canada



    OTTAWA, April 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Airports across Canada will receive close
to $33 million for 28 new projects to enhance their safety. The Honourable
Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today
announced funding under the Government of Canada's 2007-08 Airports Capital
Assistance Program.
    "The safety and security of the traveling public is a top priority for
Canada's New Government," said Minister Cannon. "These projects will improve
airport safety and protect Canadians. They will also boost the economic
potential of the airports and surrounding communities."
    The Airports Capital Assistance Program finances capital projects related
to safety, asset protection and operating cost reduction. Eligible airports
must have year-round, regularly scheduled passenger service, they must meet
Transport Canada airport certification requirements and they cannot be owned
or operated by the Government of Canada.
    Since its creation, the program has distributed over $400 million for
509 projects at 159 airports. Over 99 per cent of these were airside
safety-related projects such as the rehabilitation of runways, taxiways,
visual aids and heavy airside mobile equipment.
    The program is an integral part of the National Airports Policy, which
clearly defines the Government of Canada's role regarding airports. Federal
funding for these projects is provided for in the existing financial
framework.

    Backgrounders on the Airports Capital Assistance Program and the selected
projects are attached.

    
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                     AIRPORTS CAPITAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
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    The Airports Capital Assistance Program provides funding for capital
projects related to safety, asset protection and operating cost reduction. To
be eligible, an airport must receive year-round regularly scheduled passenger
service, meet Transport Canada airport certification requirements and not be
owned or operated by the Government of Canada.
    The current five-year program will allocate $190 million by March 2010 -
at an average of $38 million per year. Contributions are considered for the
following types of projects:
    First priority projects include safety-related airside projects, such as
rehabilitation of runways, taxiways, aprons, lighting and other utilities,
visual aids and sand storage sheds. This category also includes related site
preparation and environmental costs, aircraft firefighting vehicles and
ancillary equipment and equipment shelters that are necessary to maintain the
level of protection required by regulation.
    Second priority projects include heavy safety-related airside mobile
equipment, such as runway snowblowers, runway snowplows, runway sweepers,
spreaders and decelerometers (winter friction testing devices), and heavy
airside mobile equipment shelters.
    Third priority projects include safety-related heavy air terminal building
and groundside projects, such as sprinkler systems, asbestos removal and
barrier-free access.
    Fourth priority projects include asset protection and refurbishing, and
operating cost reduction related to air terminal building or groundside
access.
    Transport Canada also sets priorities based on detailed technical analyses
of facility conditions and maintenance histories, airport traffic and
certification requirements.
    To be eligible, projects must maintain or improve safety levels, protect
airport assets or significantly reduce operating costs. Projects must also
meet accepted engineering practices and be justified on the basis of current
demand. Airport facility expansion projects will only be considered if the
current facilities have a potentially negative impact on safety at the
airport.
    Through the Airports Capital Assistance Program, the Government of Canada
is improving airport safety, as well as helping the economic viability of this
important aspect of Canada's transportation infrastructure.
    The Airports Capital Assistance Program is part of the National Airports
Policy, which calls for the commercialization of designated Canadian airports,
through divestiture to community interests. The policy enables communities to
take greater advantage of their airports, reduce costs, tailor levels of
service to local demand, and attract new and different types of business.

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                          2007-2008 ALLOCATIONS FOR
                 AIRPORTS CAPITAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM PROJECTS
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    Province   Airport          Project                   Total Allocation
                                                                (2007-2008)
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    British    Abbotsford       Procurement of airport          $2,082,925
    Columbia                    fire-fighting vehicles
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    British    Fort St. John    Replacement of regulators         $338,319
    Columbia                    and automatic gates
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    British    Nanaimo          Snowplow truck $112,036
    Columbia
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    British    Prince Rupert    Airfield electrical             $1,903,892
    Columbia                    systems restoration
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    British    Smithers         Dry/liquid spreader                $91,343
    Columbia
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    British    Williams Lake    Airfield lighting control         $204,731
    Columbia                    system and cable replacement
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    Alberta    Fort Chipewyan   Purchase of runway sweeper        $201,859
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    Manitoba   Flin Flon        Airside pavement /              $3,696,211
                                electrical rehabilitation
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    Manitoba   Gillam           Airfield electrical system      $1,263,627
                                rehabilitation
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    Manitoba   Shamattawa       Precision Approach Path           $331,768
                                Indicator system
                                installation
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    Nunavut    Rankin Inlet     Rehabilitation of airside       $7,672,170(*)
                                surfaces
                                                              (*)$600,000 to
                                                                 be spent in
                                                               2007-2008 and
                                                               $7,072,170 to
                                                                 be spent in
                                                                future years
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    Nunavut    Taloyoak         Crushing and rehabilitation     $3,524,111(*)
                                of airside surfaces and
                                replacement of field          (*)$500,000 to
                                electrical systems               be spent in
                                                               2007-2008 and
                                                               $3,024,111 to
                                                                 be spent in
                                                                future years
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    Yukon      Old Crow         Purchase of loader with           $500,825
                                snowblower and attachments
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    Ontario    Attawapiskat     Purchase of loader with           $279,720
                                attachments and snowblower
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    Ontario    Hamilton         Procurement of an airport       $1,053,000
                                fire-fighting vehicle
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    Ontario    North Bay        Airfield electrical               $329,656
                                rehabilitation
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    Ontario    North Spirit     Purchase of snowblower            $100,440
               Lake
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    Ontario    Sioux Lookout    Apron and taxi A                $4,445,000
                                rehabilitation; airfield
                                lighting control panel
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    Ontario    Sioux Lookout    Replacement of snowblower         $382,185
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    Ontario    Webequie         Purchase of snowblower             $99,360
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    Ontario    Windsor          Rehabilitation of taxiways      $1,927,005
                                F and G, replace airfield
                                lighting control panel
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    Quebec     Baie-Comeau      Purchase of snowblower            $482,380
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    Quebec     Gaspé            Construction of sand              $129,000
                                storage facility
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    Quebec     Inukjuak         Purchase of compactor             $125,750
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    Quebec     Mont-Joli        Purchase of runway sweeper        $183,500
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    Quebec     Rimouski         Purchase of loader with           $361,725
                                snowblower and reversible
                                snowplow
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    Nova       Sydney           Replacement of runway sweeper     $180,900
    Scotia
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    Newfound-  Deer Lake        Upgrade taxiway Bravo and         $940,267
    land and                    reconfigure ATB apron
    Labrador
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    Total                                                      $22,847,424
    2007-2008
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    Total inc.                                                 $32,943,705
    future years
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                                                                 April 2007
    




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