Government of Canada funds new airport safety projects across Canada



    OTTAWA, Feb. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Airports across Canada will enhance their
safety thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada through the
2008-2009 Airports Capital Assistance Program, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced today.
    Forty-nine projects will share close to $40 million in funding.
    "The safety of the travelling public continues to be a top priority for
our government," said Minister Cannon. "These projects will enhance safety and
improve the economic potential of Canada's 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 $466 million for
562 projects at 164 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.

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

    
                                 Backgrounder
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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 safety-related heavy 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 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.

    February 2008

                          2008-2009 ALLOCATIONS FOR
                 AIRPORTS CAPITAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM PROJECTS
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                                                                Total
                                                                Allocation
    Province     Airport       Project                          (2008-2009)
                                                                in thousands
                                                                of dollars
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    British      Campbell      Runway sweeper and sand spreader       $218.7
    Columbia     River
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    British      Fort Nelson   Snowplow truck                         $166.1
    Columbia
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    British      Fort St.      Taxiways A and B, apron              $4,793.8
    Columbia     John          rehabilitation and edge lighting
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    British      Nanaimo       Runway sweeper                         $178.1
    Columbia
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    Manitoba     Gillam        Airside surface rehabilitation -       $694.1
                               Runway 05-23, Taxiway A and Apron 1
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    Manitoba     St. Andrews   Airside pavement rehabilitation and  $2,120.4
                               edge lighting
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    Manitoba     Thompson      Airfield signage                        $59.3
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    Manitoba     Thompson      Loader replacement                     $207.0
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    Northwest    Yellowknife   Runway 15-33 rehabilitation          $5,355.9
    Territories
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    Ontario      Attawapiskat  Replace front-end loader               $171.5
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    Ontario      Dryden        Guidance signs and runway number        $28.3
                               update
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    Ontario      Fort Frances  Purchase of decelerometer                $4.7
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    Ontario      Kapuskasing   Plow truck                             $167.4
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    Ontario      Kenora        Replace snow blower                    $375.0
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    Ontario      Kingston      Rehabilitate runway 01-19 and  $1,613.8 (over
                               drainage relocation             two years)
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    Ontario      Moosonee      Replacement and installation of        $252.0
                               airside signs
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    Ontario      Nakina        Construct new sand shed/equipment      $324.0
                               storage building
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    Ontario      Sarnia        Airside electrical rehabilitation      $565.0
                               projects
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    Ontario      Sault Ste.    Replacement of plow truck              $159.5
                 Marie
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    Ontario      Sault Ste.    Replacement of sweeper                 $175.9
                 Marie
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    Ontario      Sioux         Runway rehabilitation                $3,108.1
                 Lookout
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    Ontario      Sudbury       Replacement of runway sweeper          $153.8
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    Ontario      Toronto City  Airfield lighting controller and        $96.0
                 Centre        runway end lights
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    Ontario      Toronto City  Procurement of truck with front        $335.2
                 Centre        mounted sweeper
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    Ontario      Toronto City  Snow plow truck with dump box and      $163.0
                 Centre        plow
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    Ontario      Waterloo      Replace front-end loader               $214.9
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    Ontario      Waterloo      Rehabilitate Taxiway A, edgelights,  $3,398.0
                               apron reconfiguration                (over two
                                                                     years)
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    Ontario      Webequie      Replace front-end loader               $170.0
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    Quebec       Alma          Replace runway sweeper                 $185.9
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    Quebec       Baie-Comeau   Repair concrete slabs, runway ends     $204.6
                               and apron
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    Quebec       Gatineau      Replace runway sweeper                 $206.0
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    Quebec       Gatineau      Rehabilitate airside surfaces and    $4,673.4
                               visual aids
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    Quebec       Kangiqsujuaq  Regravel runway                      $2,015.2
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    Quebec       La Grande     Replace runway sweeper                 $199.0
                 Rivière
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    Quebec       Mont-Joli     Construct sand shed                    $192.9
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    Quebec       Mont-Joli     Purchase self-propelled snow blower    $463.3
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    Quebec       Puvirnituq    Reconfigure apron                    $1,411.7
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    Quebec       Rouyn         Purchase grader                        $211.1
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    Quebec       Saint-Hubert  Replace runway sweeper                 $209.6
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    Quebec       Saint-Hubert  Replace snowplow truck                 $260.0
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    Quebec       Tasiujaq      Purchase compactor                     $125.8
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    Quebec       Val-d'Or      Purchase front-end loader with         $352.2
                               removable snowblower and snowplow
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    Nova Scotia  Sydney        Air terminal building apron panels     $222.8
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    Newfound-    Stephenville  Purchase front-end loader with         $288.0
    land and                   attachments
    Labrador
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    February 2008




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