STONY RAPIDS, SK, Nov. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Rob Clarke, Member of Parliament for Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced that the Government of Canada is investing $7,405,840 over two years, to enhance safety at the Stony Rapids Airport.
Funding will pay for the rehabilitation of Runway 06-24, Taxiway A and airfield electrical systems, along with runway drainage improvements. These projects will ensure continued safe airport operations for flight crews, passengers, employees, medical evacuations, and fire fighting operations.
Funding is provided through Transport Canada's Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).
The Government of Saskatchewan is investing an additional $3 million to expand the existing apron at the airport and develop a new access road to the community.
- To date, the Stony Rapids Airport has received over $12.2 million in funding for six safety projects, through ACAP, including today's announcement.
- Previous projects included the restoration of the runway, taxiway and aircraft parking area; improvements to airside drainage; and the purchase of a loader with a gravel/snow bucket, snowblower, blade and sweeper attachments.
- Since the program started, the Government of Canada has invested more than $662 million for 791 projects at 174 airports across the country.
"The Stony Rapids Airport is an essential lifeline for residents, businesses, trade and tourism in Northern Saskatchewan. This investment will enhance the safety and efficiency of the air service, while contributing to the economic and social well-being of the local communities in the region."
Member of Parliament for Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River
"As our economy has grown, so have the demands placed on our northern airports. Our government has made investing in infrastructure a priority so that we can meet challenges of growth and enhance the quality of life for our residents."
Honourable Nancy Heppner
Saskatchewan Minister of Highways and Infrastructure
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SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information: Ashley Kelahear, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055; Mark Rathwell, Senior Communications Consultant, Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure, Regina, 306-787-8484