DEER LAKE, NL, Aug. 30, 2017 /CNW/ - Canadians, tourists and businesses benefit from safe and well-maintained airports. From visiting friends and family, to travelling to medical appointments, or getting goods to market, we rely on our local and regional airports to support and sustain vibrant communities. These airports also provide essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue and forest fire response.
Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains and Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced the government's $997,880 investment to purchase an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle and associated equipment at the Deer Lake Regional Airport.
The funding comes through Transport Canada's Airports Capital Assistance Program. Since the Program's launch in 1995, the Government of Canada has provided more than $785.9 million for 904 projects at 182 airports across the country.
"The Deer Lake Regional Airport is a vital link for residents and businesses in this region. This project will help ensure continued safe airport operation for passengers, flight crews and employees, while contributing to the community's economic and social well-being."
Gudie Hutchings Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains and Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism
"The Government of Canada recognizes that safe and efficient airports are vital to the economic and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting personal travel and tourism, local and regional airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. Our investments help improve access to safe and efficient air transportation options, and deliver on our promise to help build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
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SOURCE Transport Canada
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