Transport Canada announced that the Government of Canada is making investments at airports in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba.

For 2021-2022, Transport Canada has allocated Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) funding to 63 airports for 86 safety-related projects, including runway and taxiway repairs/rehabilitation, lighting enhancements, purchasing snow clearing equipment and firefighting vehicles and installing wildlife fencing.

Since ACAP started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested over $1.1 billion for 1,088 projects at 199 airports across the country.

“We know how vital airports are to urban centres and remote communities,” said Jim Carr, Minister and Special Representative for the Prairies. “The investment our government is making will help ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for residents, many of whom depend on their local airports not only for personal travel and business, but also for community resupply of essential goods and access to routine and emergency medical care in larger centres.”

Saskatchewan

Through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP), the Government of Canada will provide over $3.3 million to the following Saskatchewan airports for safety-related projects:

La Ronge

  • Purchase of a wet/dry material spreader – $110,700

Prince Albert

  • Rehabilitation of the airfield electrical system – $3,211,884
  • Improvements to airfield drainage – $58,812

Alberta

Through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP), the Government of Canada will provide over $20 million to the following Alberta airports for safety-related projects:

Fort Chipewyan

  • Rehabilitation of airside pavement – $11,021,416

Grande Prairie

  • Replacement of generator and airport signage – $612,871
  • Replacement of sand storage shed – $134,680

Lethbridge

  • Rehabilitation of airfield pavement – $7,379,719

Lloydminster

  • Purchase of a de-icing trailer – $105,000

Medicine Hat

  • Rehabilitation of airfield electrical system – $957,241

Manitoba

Through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP), the Government of Canada will provide over $21.9 million to the following Manitoba airports for safety-related projects:

Flin Flon

  • Replacement of sand storage shed – $287,071
  • Replacement of airport beacon to better identify the airport’s location to pilots at night – $16,088

Gods Lake Narrows

  • Rehabilitation of airside surfaces and electrical systems – $12,872,635

Lac Brochet

  • Installation of wildlife control fencing – $1,156,265

Red Sucker Lake

  • Installation of wildlife control fencing – $1,000,203

Shamattawa

  • Rehabilitation of airside surfaces – $6,282,716

Thompson

  • Purchase of a sweeper to assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from airside surfaces – $355,680

Feature image: Lethbridge Airport. (City of Lethbridge)

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