Government of Canada invests in safety at 2 B.C. airports

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, has announced a Government of Canada investment of $214,008 for the purchase of a grader at the Northwest Regional Airport in Terrace, B.C.

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The government is also investing $356,680 for the purchase of a grader at the Northern Rockies Regional Airport in Fort Nelson, B.C. This equipment will assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron.

Well maintained runways, taxiways and aprons that are clear of ice and snow are key to ensuring safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and help protect costly airport safety assets, such as snow clearing equipment and aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, during airport operations.

“Our government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities,” said Garneau. “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.”

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Quick facts

  • This funding comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).
  • Since the program started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested more than $882.7 million for 948 projects at 186 airports across the country.
  • To date, the Northwest Regional Airport has received more than $18.5 million in ACAP funding for 21 safety projects, including the purchase of two aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles and the construction of a shelter, rehabilitation of the pavement on Runway 15-33, and the rehabilitation of airfield electrical systems.

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