OTTAWA, June 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Minister of the Economic
Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced
funding that will allow the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport to make
important safety improvements.
"Infrastructure investments at regional airports are a key part of our
government's plan to create jobs and generate economic growth," said
Minister Lebel. "I am pleased that this funding will directly and
indirectly create jobs for the airport and local suppliers."
This year, the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport is receiving $303,119
through the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) to partially
replace wildlife fencing and replace a de-icing spreader and a
"Our government is committed to the safety and security of all
Canadians," added 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
"This contribution is great news for the development of the
Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport, an important economic lever for the
City of Gatineau," said Mr. Marc Bureau, Mayor of Gatineau. "These
investments are part of the many efforts made by the City,
Développement économique - CLD Gatineau and its partners, such as
Vintage Wings of Canada, to fully maximize the airport niche in
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:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities and Minister of the Economic
Development Agency of Canada for the Regions
of Quebec, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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