VAL-D'OR, QC, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs
and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the
Regions of Quebec, and Member of Parliament for
Roberval—Lac-Saint-Jean, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Minister of Transport, today announced an investment of $498,964 for
important safety improvements at the Rouyn-Noranda Airport and the
Val-d'Or Regional Airport through the Airports Capital Assistance
"These are vital airports and important aviation hubs for local
residents, businesses, trade and tourism," said Minister Lebel. "This
funding will enhance the safety of all those who use these airports,
especially the communities and businesses in these regions."
The Rouyn-Noranda Airport is receiving $464,550 through ACAP for the
purchase a self-propelled snowblower which will ensure the safe
operation of runways and taxiways by the timely removal of snow and
ice. The Val-d'Or Regional Airport is receiving $34,414 for the
purchase of a runway condition reporting system which will provide
timely, accurate and precise wireless reporting of runway conditions.
"The Government of Canada's Airports Capital Assistance Program is an
indispensable tool for the development of airports such as the one in
Rouyn-Noranda," said Mr. Mario Provencher, Mayor of Rouyn-Noranda.
"It's important to maintain this program since it supports the quality
of service, safety and the maintenance of the highest standards. The
City of Rouyn-Noranda thanks the Harper government for being a partner
in the development of its regional airport."
"This system will help us to make sure that the transmission of
information related to runway conditions remains very efficient," said
Mr. Fernand Trahan, President of the Val-d'Or Regional Airport. "We
thank the Government of Canada for its contribution to the safety of
the Val-d'Or Regional Airport. We are confident that the Airports
Capital Assistance Program will remain a priority for the Government of
Canada in order to help eligible airports."
To date, through ACAP, the Rouyn-Noranda Airport has received more than
$9 million for 17 projects and the Val-d'Or Regional Airport has
received more than $5.5 million for 14 projects, including today's
announcement. Since the program started, the Government of Canada has
invested more than $608 million for 758 projects at 174 airports.
Improvements include purchasing/replacing heavy airside mobile
equipment; installing wildlife fencing; and rehabilitating runway
pavements, airfield lighting and electrical systems.
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SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Senior Communications Advisor Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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