OTTAWA, June 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Minister of the Economic
Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced
funding that will allow the Rouyn-Noranda Airport to make important
"Infrastructure investments at regional airports are a key part of our
government's plan to create jobs and generate economic growth," said
Minister Lebel. "I am pleased that this funding will directly and
indirectly create jobs for the airport and local suppliers."
This year, the Rouyn-Noranda Airport is receiving $841,073 through the
Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) to upgrade runway lighting.
"Our government is committed to the safety and security of all
Canadians," added Minister Lebel. "We are committed to fund
safety-related capital projects at regional airports across the country
because these airports are vital gateways for local residents,
businesses, trade and tourism. These upgrades will improve safety for
air travelers and support the efficient movement of goods - helping to
ensure the right conditions for economic growth and long-term
"We are pleased about this contribution that will help us improve
services offered by our regional airport," said Mr. Mario Provencher,
Mayor of Rouyn-Noranda. "We thank Minister Lebel and his team for
working together so well with the City of Rouyn-Noranda."
In 2012-2013, the Harper government will invest more than $25.9 million
for 35 projects for safety-related improvements at 26 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
$585.6 million for 715 projects at 173 airports. 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.
SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information:
Geneviève Sicard Press Secretary Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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