OTTAWA, June 29, 2011 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced today that the Government of Canada is making important safety investments at airports across the country through the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).

"The Government of Canada is committed to the safety and security of all Canadians and continues to invest in airport safety by assisting regional and local airport owners with safety-related capital projects," said Minister Lebel. "The Government of Canada recognizes that efficient and safe airports are vital to the local economies of smaller communities, which is why we are taking action to invest in these safety improvement projects."

This year, the Government of Canada is investing more than $20.9 million for 27 projects at 23 airports. Improvements include replacing snowblowers and runway sweepers; purchasing runway de-icing and fire-fighting equipment; and rehabilitating runway pavements.

To date, through ACAP, the Government of Canada has invested a total of $556 million for 678 projects at 171 airports, including today's announcement. Over 99 per cent of these projects were airside safety-related projects such as runways, taxiways and visual aids, as well as heavy airside mobile equipment such as fire trucks and snowplows. Backgrounders on ACAP and the selected projects are attached.

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The Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) provides funding for capital projects related to safety. 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. They must also meet Transport Canada airport certification requirements and not be owned or operated by the Government of Canada.

ACAP officially began on April 1, 1995, as part of the National Airports Policy. The current program will allocate 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.

The program focuses on funding projects related to safety. Transport Canada also determines funding based on detailed technical analysis of facility conditions and maintenance histories, airport traffic and certification requirements.

To be eligible, projects must maintain or improve safety levels. 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.


Province Airport Project Total Allocation
Alberta Grande Prairie Replace wheeled loader $111,600
Alberta Grande Prairie Replace towed runway sweeper $122,200
British Columbia Anahim Lake Replace towed runway sweeper $171,300
British Columbia Kamloops Purchase fire fighting vehicle and equipment $905,700
British Columbia Powell River Rehabilitate main apron and taxiway A $1,631,500
British Columbia Prince Rupert Purchase wet/dry chemical spreader $146,500
British Columbia Prince Rupert Runway 13-31 pavement joint repair — Phase 2 $616,300
British Columbia Tofino Rehabilitate Runway 11-29 $3,760,900
British Columbia Trail Replace snowplow truck and plow $195,700
Northwest Territories Yellowknife Replace self-propelled snowblower $369,500
Nova Scotia Sydney Replace 25 concrete apron panels $179,600
Ontario Fort Frances Install wildlife control fencing $589,900
Ontario North Bay Purchase towed liquid de-icer $87,900
Ontario North Bay Replace runway sweeper $205,000
Ontario North Bay Rehabilitate constant current regulators $85,700
Ontario Red Lake Install wildlife control fencing $504,600
Ontario Sarnia Replace front-end loader $251,100
Ontario Sault Ste. Marie Replace sand shed $234,100
Ontario Sudbury Install new runway guard lights and replace airfield lighting control system $214,800
Ontario Timmins Replace snowblower $372,000
Ontario Waterloo Partial rehabilitation of Runway 08-26 $3,225,000
Quebec Akulivik Purchase a compactor $105,000
Quebec Kuujjuarapik Purchase a compactor $105,000
Quebec Salluit Purchase a compactor $105,000
Quebec Saint-Hubert Purchase front-end loader $262,600
Quebec Val-d'Or Purchase self-propelled snowblower $473,300
Saskatchewan Prince Albert Rehabilitate Runway 08-26 pavement $5,926,500

SOURCE Transport Canada

For further information:

Vanessa Schneider
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa



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