FORT ST. JOHN, BC, July 31, 2015 /CNW/ - Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George — Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced that the Government of Canada is investing $217,074 to enhance safety at the North Peace Regional Airport.
Funding will pay for the replacement of a snowplow truck and plow. This equipment will allow for the timely and effective removal of snow from runways, taxiways and airside manoeuvering surfaces, ensuring continued safe conditions for flight crews, passengers, employees, and medical evacuation operations.
Funding is provided through Transport Canada's Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).
- To date, through ACAP, the North Peace Regional Airport has received over $14.5 million in funding for 13 safety projects, including today's announcement.
- Previous projects included the rehabilitation of Taxiways A and B, the airfield apron, and edge lighting; the rehabilitation of pavement on Runway 11-29; and the replacement of a self-propelled snowblower and two runway sweepers.
- Since the program started, the Government of Canada has invested more than $693 million for 831 projects at 174 airports across the country.
"As a resident of Fort St. John and a frequent commuter to Ottawa, I know what an important hub the North Peace Regional Airport is for residents and businesses in this region. This equipment will ensure continued safe operation of the Airport, while contributing to the economic and social well-being of the local community."
Member of Parliament for Prince George — Peace River
"The North Peace Regional Airport continues to be a key component to the economy of the North Peace Region and has provided community support through carrier and route options. ACAP's support with the purchase of a second snow plow truck continues to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the airport."
Chair, North Peace Airport Society
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For further information: Zach Segal, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055