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Canadians, tourists and businesses benefit from safe and well-maintained airports. From visiting friends and family, to travelling to medical appointments, or getting goods to market, we rely on our local airports to support and sustain vibrant communities. These airports also provide essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue and forest fire response.
Terry Sheehan, member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of Marc Garneau, minister of Transport, announced a Government of Canada investment to purchase a grader at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport. The grader, valued at $217,100, will assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron.
Keeping runways, taxiways and aprons free of snow and ice ensures safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and helps protect costly airport safety assets during airport operations.
“The Sault Ste. Marie Airport is an important hub for residents and businesses in northern Ontario. This investment will help ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for residents in Sault Ste. Marie, many of whom depend on their local airports not only for personal travel and business, but also for access to specialized and emergency medical care in larger centres,” said Sheehan.
“Our government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada,” added Garneau.