Funding for upgrading
MAGDALEN ISLANDS, QC, July 12, 2016 /CNW/ - The Magdalen Islands airport and harbour are the only links with the mainland for transporting passengers, patients, and goods, serving a community of over 13 000 residents.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced major investments for upgrading the airport and Cap-aux-Meules Harbour in the Magdalen Islands. The Government of Canada has committed to invest $26 million to maintain safe operating conditions at the island facilities. This investment is funded in part through Budget 2016.
Investing in local infrastructure is a vital component of the Government of Canada's commitment to create more middle class jobs and grow the economy, resulting in long-term prosperity for Canadians.
"Maintaining safe operating conditions at the Magdalen Islands airport and harbour infrastructures is essential for islanders' travel and supply. Commerce, and the transportation of individuals and goods, must be conducted safely and provide effective support to local communities."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
"With the investments announced today, our government recognizes the importance of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine airport and port as transport infrastructure. They are the social and economic engine of our island community and must continue to provide an efficient and safe link to the mainland."
The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier
Minister of National Revenue and
MP, Gaspésie – Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine
Major Investments for the Magdalen Islands Airport and Harbour
The airport projects have three components: renovating the airport, resurfacing the main runway, taxiways and traffic area, and retrofitting the garage.
The resurfacing should start in early summer. The airport renovations should begin this year and take two years to complete. The garage retrofitting is scheduled for 2017.
The harbour projects consists of procuring and replacing ferry equipment, installing two mooring bollards at commercial wharf no 2, enhancing the commercial wharf fender system, and maintenance dredging in the channel and the harbour. Plans and specifications will be prepared this year and some field and sea work should begin next year.
July 12, 2016
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SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information: Delphine Denis, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055, [email protected]