Visit to the work site of Kuujjuaq Airport's new terminal: Minister Tony Clement observes the progress



    KUUJJUAQ, Qc, Jan. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - With just a few weeks until the
official inauguration of the new terminal building at Kuujjuaq Airport, the
Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health and Minister for the Federal
Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, took advantage of being
in the region to visit the work site and observe its progress.
    Work to expand the apron and build the new terminal began during the
summer of 2006 and will be completed soon as per the established schedule. The
official inauguration of the new facilities will take place in the upcoming
weeks, with local dignitaries and community members in attendance. The new
terminal is expected to open at the end of January.
    "These construction and expansion works will have a positive effect on
the entire local Inuit community," said Mr. Clement. "This initiative clearly
demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to the well-being of its
communities."
    In addition to ensuring a high level of safety and security, this airport
will soon be equipped with the most modern facilities in Canada's North,
thanks to the construction of a terminal with high energy efficiency, which
responds to the specific attributes of Green Buildings.
    "In addition to its contribution to the work at Kuujjuaq Airport, the
Government of Canada is already very present in Quebec's North," said the
Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities. "Through the Gas Tax Fund, the community of Kuujjuaq will benefit
from a federal contribution of $323,019 between now and the end of 2009.
Moreover, in August 2007, we committed up to $20.65 million to purchase new
satellite infrastructures so residents of 43 communities in Northern Quebec,
Ontario and Manitoba could have wider access to broadband service and its
benefits."
    Kuujjuaq is the administrative center of Nunavik. The airport is located
1.5 km from the village. Given its geographic location, Kuujjuaq Airport is
considered a remote airport under the National Airport Policy. Main gateway to
isolated communities in Canada's North, Kuujjuaq Airport is an essential link
for emergency air ambulance evacuations, personal travel, essential
commodities and freight to the villages of Ungava Bay, Hudson Bay and the
Hudson Strait.




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