SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, July 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Bryan Hayes, Member of
Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Denis
Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister
of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec,
and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, today announced funding for
an important safety improvement project at the Sault Ste. Marie
The Sault Ste. Marie Airport is receiving $797,527 through the Airports
Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) for the replacement of a fire truck.
The new, state-of-the-art fire truck will greatly enhance emergency
response capability at the Airport.
"The Sault Ste. Marie Airport is a vital gateway for local residents,
businesses, trade and tourism," said MP Hayes. "This funding will
enhance the safety of all those who use this airport, especially the
communities and businesses in Northern Ontario."
"Our growth in passenger levels over the last two years of 55% is
unprecedented due to the addition of a new air carrier and the improved
charter seasonal vacation destinations," said Jerry Dolcetti, Chairman
of the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation. "We look
forward to the next three to five years reaching another milestone of
200,000 passengers annually by strengthening our western connection.
The replacement of our fire truck with ACAP funding will meet the
changing firefighting requirements for such an increase in passenger
To date, through ACAP, the Sault Ste. Marie Airport has received more
than $7.8 million for 14 projects, including today's announcement.
Since the program started, the Government of Canada has invested more
than $606 million for 751 projects at 174 airports. Improvements
include purchasing/replacing heavy airside mobile equipment; installing
wildlife fencing; and rehabilitating runway pavements, airfield
lighting and electrical systems.
Canada's Economic Action Plan provides new opportunities for growth, job
creation and long-term prosperity. Thanks to the Government of Canada's
leadership and 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 over one million net new jobs created
since July 2009.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Press Secretary Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, Minister of the Economic
Development Agency of Canada for the Regions
of Quebec, and Minister of Intergovernmental
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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