WATERLOO, ON, June 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Harold Albrecht, Member of
Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, on behalf of the Honourable Denis
Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today
announced funding that will allow the Region of Waterloo International
Airport to make an important safety improvement. Stephen Woodworth,
Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, was also pleased to attend
"Infrastructure investments at regional airports are a key part of our
government's plan to create jobs and generate economic growth," said MP
Albrecht. "This funding will create jobs for the airport and local
suppliers, and support a safer flying experience here at YKF."
This year, the Region of Waterloo International Airport is receiving
$73,559 through the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) to
install runway guard lights.
"Our government is committed to the safety and security of all
Canadians," said 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
Regional Chair Ken Seiling was pleased at this latest investment at the
Region of Waterloo International Airport.
"The Regional Council appreciates the ongoing assistance from the
Government of Canada for our Airport," said Mr. Seiling. "The ACAP
contribution to this latest project — the installation of runway guard
lights — supports our culture of safety at the Airport."
Art Sinclair, Vice President of the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce,
noted the importance of the facility to the local economy.
"Airports and new air services are critical for attracting and
maintaining jobs in this region," said Mr. Sinclair.
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
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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