Government of Canada invests in safety at Red Lake Airport

OTTAWA, Dec. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced funding for the Red Lake Airport to make an important safety improvement.

The Red Lake Airport is receiving $32,428 through the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) for the purchase of an electronic runway condition reporting system.  This system will provide timely, accurate and precise wireless reporting and recording of runway conditions.  This funding is in addition to $261,255 announced earlier this year to replace a snowplow truck and sand spreader as well as the partial replacement of electrical cabling for omni-directional approach lighting systems.

"The Red Lake Airport is a vital gateway for local residents and businesses in this region," said MP Rickford. "This investment promotes the safe and efficient movement of passengers and cargo during all seasons and will help to ensure the right conditions for growth, job creation and economic prosperity in Northern Ontario."

"The Municipality of Red Lake welcomes ACAP funding in support of our airport's continued safety and improved operations," said Phil Vinet, Mayor of the Municipality of Red Lake.  "Red Lake continues to grow and prosper as a hub for the North, serving residents, tourism and industry that have come to rely on the service and efficiency provided by the Red Lake Airport."

In 2012-2013, the Government of Canada will invest more than $27.1 million for 42 safety-related improvements at 28 airports across Canada. Improvements include purchasing/replacing heavy airside mobile equipment; installing wildlife fencing; and rehabilitating runway pavements, airfield lighting and electrical systems.

To date, through ACAP, the Government of Canada has invested more than $587.1 million for 722 projects at 173 airports. The Red Lake Airport has received more than $3.9 million for 12 projects, including today's announcement.

Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012 provides new opportunities for growth, job creation and long-term prosperity. Strengthening infrastructure across the country is an important part of this plan. Thanks to the Government of Canada's leadership, and our strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the recovery with more than 883,000 net new jobs created since July 2009. Find out more about the opportunities in Economic Action Plan 2012 at www.budget.gc.ca/2012/home-accueil-eng.html.

SOURCE: Transport Canada

For further information:

Geneviève Sicard
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, Ottawa
613-991-0700

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055

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