Government of Canada invests in Rouyn-Noranda Airport safety

    ROUYN-NORANDA, QC, Feb. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Travellers at the Rouyn-Noranda
Airport will benefit from two safety improvement projects 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 projects involve installing a bird scaring system and purchasing a
plow truck with a liquid de-icer spreader. These improvements will help ensure
that the Rouyn-Noranda 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 Saint-Hubert 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 Rouyn-Noranda Airport is owned by the City of Rouyn-Noranda.
Regularly scheduled passenger service is provided by Air Canada Jazz, Pascan
Aviation and Air Liaison.
    Federal funding for these projects is provided for in the existing
financial framework.

For further information:

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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