Canada's new government invests over $1 million in the Eastmain and Wemindji airports, in Northern Quebec



    MONTREAL, Aug. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the award of two
contracts totalling more than $1 million for various repair work at the
Eastmain and Wemindji airports in Northern Quebec.
    "This investment demonstrates our government's commitment to maintain
infrastructure in remote communities," said Minister Cannon. "In addition to
ensuring the safety of airport users, the investments will allow the airports
to better meet the transportation needs for goods and people of these
communities of Northern Quebec."
    The two construction contracts, valued at $1,026,969, were granted to the
firms Stajune Construction for the Eastmain airport and CCDC/Tawich for the
Wemindji airport.
    At both sites, the work will consist of replacing primary cables,
transformers and signal supports along runways and taxiways, modifying the
ARCAL control system, and replacing wind direction indicators.
    Work at the Wemindji airport have just started and will be completed in
early September, while work at Eastmain will start in September and be
completed in early October.
    The Eastmain airport, operated by the Eastmain River Band Council, and
the Wemindji airport, operated by the Wemindji Band Council, are considered
remote airports under the National Airports Policy. These airports provide the
only reliable transport which is accessible year-round, ensuring an essential
air link for emergency evacuations by air ambulance, individual transport, and
the shipment of essential supplies and cargo for the villages of Eastmain and
Wemindji.

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