WABUSH, NL, Nov. 25, 2017 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to renewing vital infrastructure that supports the growth and development of communities in Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada.
Today, Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced the award of a contract worth approximately $13.9 million (HST included) to Bird Construction Group of Bedford, Nova Scotia, to renovate the air terminal building at the Wabush Airport.
The contract, which was awarded for Transport Canada through an open, fair and transparent procurement process, will sustain employment opportunities for local tradespeople in the Wabush area.
To better accommodate passengers travelling to and from Wabush, the renovation project will improve the functionality and efficiency of the airport. The renovation work includes changes to the terminal's layout to improve travelers' experience. As part of the project, there will be upgrades to the air terminal, as well as to the major building systems.
Work will involve demolishing and renovating the interior of the existing terminal building in phases, during which time, the airport will remain fully operational.
The newly renovated airport terminal building will improve travelers' experience and help ensure their safety, and that of employees, by providing modern and efficient infrastructure.
Construction work on the airport terminal building started in November and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019.
"The Wabush Airport is a key transportation link in Labrador and eastern Canada. This investment by the Government of Canada is a commitment to our province, our people, and to renewing the infrastructure we rely upon here and throughout the country."
Member of Parliament for Labrador (Newfoundland and Labrador)
"By awarding contracts for important infrastructure projects such as the Wabush Airport terminal building, the Government of Canada is supporting Canadian businesses and workers and is helping grow the economies of communities in Newfoundland and Labrador and from coast to coast to coast."
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Public Services and Procurement
"The Government of Canada is pleased to contribute this significant funding to improve infrastructure at the Wabush Airport terminal building. Improving the terminal supports Canadian businesses and workers, while contributing to economic growth for Wabush and surrounding communities. The improved new terminal building will contribute to meeting one of Transport Canada's top priorities: the safety and security of all individuals travelling through the Wabush Airport."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
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For further information: Ashley Michnowski, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, 819-997-5421; Media Relations, Public Services and Procurement Canada, 819-420-5501, [email protected]