TOFINO, BC, July 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader
of the Government in the House of Commons, 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, together with Dr.
James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo—Alberni, today announced
funding for a safety improvement project at the Tofino-Ucluelet-Long
The Tofino-Ucluelet-Long Beach Airport is receiving $248,200 through the
Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) for the replacement of a
runway sweeper. The new sweeper will ensure the timely and effective
removal of snow, slush and ice from runways and taxiways.
"Our government is committed to the safety and security of all
Canadians," said Minister Van Loan. "This investment will help support
the efficient movement of goods and passengers, helping to ensure the
right conditions for economic growth and long-term prosperity."
"The Tofino-Ucluelet-Long Beach Airport is a vital gateway for local
residents, businesses, trade and tourism," said Dr. Lunney. "This
funding will enhance the safety of all those who use this airport,
especially the communities and businesses on Vancouver Island."
"The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District welcomes ACAP funding in
support of our airport's continued safety and improved operations,"
said Cindy Solda, Chair. "The Tofino-Ucluelet-Long Beach Airport
continues to grow and prosper as a hub for the West Coast of Vancouver
Island, serving residents, tourism and industry that have come to rely
on the service and efficiency which it provides."
To date, through ACAP, the Tofino-Ucluelet-Long Beach Airport has
received more than $4.4 million for two 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 more than 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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