The Governments of Canada and Quebec will invest nearly $24.8 million into the expansion and upgrading of the Rouyn-Noranda Airport. This assistance comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The City of Rouyn-Noranda will also provide nearly $12.4 million, bringing the total government and municipal investment to nearly $37.2 million.
The project primarily involves the construction of a new two-floor terminal, tripling the surface area of the current building. Related work includes expanding the parking lot, redeveloping the access lanes, and refurbishing the airport’s water and sewer systems and electric power plant.
“This is much more than just a terminal expansion project,” said Mario Provencher, mayor of Rouyn-Noranda. “This support from both levels of government demonstrates their recognition of the importance of the Rouyn-Noranda Regional Airport, which remains first in its category for passenger movements throughout Québec with more than 150,000 users per year.”
When finished, this project will help address an anticipated increase in the number of passengers using this major regional airport. The additional space will improve the efficiency and capacity of the airport.
The Small Communities Fund (SCF) is a joint federal-provincial program coordinated by Infrastructure Canada, in partnership with the provinces and territories. In Quebec, the Fund is managed by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy. The purpose of this program is to provide financial support to Canadian municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents so that they can maintain and improve airport infrastructure, among other things.