Government of Canada invests in airport safety across the country



    OTTAWA, Feb. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadians will benefit from enhanced
airport safety thanks to funding from the federal government's Airports
Capital Assistance Program. The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry,
today announced funding under Round Two of the 2009-2010 program.
    "Investing in the safety of our airports is a win-win for Canadians,"
said John Baird, Canada's Transport Minister. "By funding these projects we
are taking action to increase safety at airports, contribute to trade and
tourism, and help boost local economies."
    "The safety of air travellers and those who work at our airports is a
priority for our government," said Minister Clement. "By investing in projects
like these we are also improving the economic potential of our airports and
their surrounding communities."
    The Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) finances capital projects
related to safety, such as the rehabilitation of runways, taxiways, visual
aids and heavy airside mobile equipment. Since the inception of ACAP, the
Government of Canada has invested a total of $489 million for 598 projects at
167 airports, including today's announcement. Over 99 per cent of these
projects were airside projects.

    Backgrounders on ACAP and the selected projects are attached.


    
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                     AIRPORTS CAPITAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
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    The Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) 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 with a minimum of 1,000 passengers each year over
the most recent three consecutive years; 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 be considered only if the
current facilities have a potentially negative impact on safety at the
airport.
    Through ACAP, the Government of Canada is improving airport safety, as
well as helping the economic viability of this important aspect of Canada's
transportation infrastructure.
    ACAP is an example of the Government of Canada directing infrastructure
resources to where they are most needed and can best enhance safety.


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                          ROUND TWO ALLOCATIONS FOR
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                     THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA'S 2009-2010
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                 AIRPORTS CAPITAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM PROJECTS
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                                                                       Total
                                                                  Allocation
    Province      Airport        Project                          (2009-2010)
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    Alberta       Medicine Hat   Replace runway sweeper             $188,000
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    Alberta       Red Deer       Replace snow blower                $362,450
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    Alberta       Red Deer       Replace plow truck and sweeper     $488,575
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    British       Nanaimo        Purchase runway de-icer            $117,538
    Columbia
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    British       Terrace        Purchase self-propelled snow       $357,383
    Columbia                     blower
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    Newfoundland  Goose Bay      Reactivate aircraft apron,         $327,600
    and Labrador                 security fencing, apron lighting
                                 and auxiliary power unit
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    Newfoundland  Stephenville   Purchase snow blower attachment    $172,000
    and Labrador
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    Nova Scotia   Sydney         Install runway guard lighting and  $153,000
                                 threshold lighting
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    Ontario       Attawapiskat   Purchase supply of crushed       $1,076,000
                                 gravel
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    Ontario       Kashechewan    Purchase supply of crushed gravel  $720,000
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    Ontario       Kingston       Replace sand spreader box           $31,000
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    Ontario       North Bay      Rehabilitate main runway and     $5,288,300
                                 taxiways L, J and E
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    Ontario       Sarnia         Replace plow truck                 $140,000
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    Ontario       Sault          Replace sand spreader box           $23,000
                  Ste. Marie
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    Ontario       Sudbury        Purchase runway de-icer             $60,000
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    Ontario       Sudbury        Replace grader                     $201,000
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    Ontario       Sudbury        Replace loader                     $130,000
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    Quebec        Aupaluk        Purchase compactor                 $126,000
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    Quebec        Kangisqsujuaq  Purchase compactor                 $126,000
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    Quebec        Mont-Joli      Purchase snow plow truck with      $258,000
                                 spreader
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    Quebec        Rouyn-Noranda  Install bird scaring system         $56,669
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    Quebec        Rouyn-Noranda  Purchase plow truck with liquid    $385,304
                                 de-icer spreader
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    Quebec        Saint-Hubert   Purchase plow truck with skip      $184,000
                                 bucket and wing plow
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    Saskatchewan  La Ronge       Replace snow blower                $344,500
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    Yukon         Whitehorse     Replace runway de-icer             $105,400
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                                                                February 2009
    




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