Government of Canada invests in Aupaluk Airport safety

    AUPALUK, QC, Feb. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Travellers at the Aupaluk Airport will
benefit from a safety improvement project thanks to the Government of Canada's
Airports Capital Assistance Program, the Honourable Christian Paradis,
Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and Regional Minister for
Quebec, announced today.
    "Investing in the safety of our airports is a win-win for Canadians,"
said John Baird, Canada's Transport Minister. "By investing in these projects
we are taking action to increase safety at airports, contribute to trade and
tourism, and help boost local economies."
    The project involves purchasing a compactor to compact the gravel runway.
This improvement will help ensure that the Aupaluk Airport remains a safe and
efficient facility.
    "Our government's number one priority is the health and safety of
Canadians, and we are proud to be partners in improving air safety across
Quebec and the country," said Minister Paradis. "This funding will not only
improve safety at the Aupaluk Airport but also enhance the economic potential
of the region's air services industry."
    The Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) finances capital projects
related to safety, asset protection and operating cost reduction. Eligible
airports must have year-round regularly scheduled passenger service with a
minimum of 1,000 passengers each year over the most recent three consecutive
years, they must meet Transport Canada airport certification requirements and
they cannot be owned or operated by the Government of Canada.
    Since ACAP started in 1995, including today's announcements, the
Government of Canada has invested a total of $489 million for 598 projects at
167 airports. Over 99 per cent of these projects were airside projects.
    The Aupaluk Airport is owned by the Government of Quebec. Regularly
scheduled passenger service is provided by Air Inuit.
    Federal funding for this project is provided for in the existing
financial framework.

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For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary, Office of Transport
Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at
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