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 Val-d'Or Airport to make important safety
"Infrastructure improvements 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 Val-d'Or Airport is receiving $237,096 through the
Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) to purchase a plow truck and
"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
Mr. Fernand Trahan, Mayor of Val-d'Or, is pleased about this investment:
"This new funding invested here will be beneficial for the development
of the Val-d'Or Airport and the northern mining transit centre, as well
as for our local economy."
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:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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