Harper government invests in safety at Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport

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 decelerometer.

"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 prosperity."

"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 Gatineau."

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:

Geneviève Sicard
Press Secretary
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

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

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