Transport Canada announced an investment of up to $11 million under the National Trade Corridors Fund to build a new cargo facility on the grounds of Ottawa International Airport for Canadian North, the Inuit-owned airline.

To further enhance this commitment, Canadian North will be matching the Government of Canada’s investment, bringing the total combined funding for this project up to $22 million.

“It’s a good day for Ottawa International Airport and Canada’s Northern communities. With this new warehouse, Canadian North will continue its work to facilitate the movement of goods across the country, especially to the North. By handling more cargo and connecting different modes of transportation more seamlessly, we’re boosting our economy and making sure our transportation infrastructure can tackle any challenges that come our way,” said Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Transport.

This warehouse will reduce delays in cargo handling capacity and increase connectivity between different modes of transportation at the airport. For example, the project would expand the truck loading area, where queues have created congestion in the past. In total, this project will also double the capacity for Canadian North in Ottawa.

“Growing demand from Canada’s remote and northern communities highlights the essential role of cargo in supporting the Inuit communities and ensuring food security. Through a joint investment of $22 million, Canadian North’s new cargo facility will double its capacity in Ottawa by 2026, strengthening the vital connections between the North and the rest of Canada,” said Michael Rodyniuk, president and CEO, Canadian North.

In addition, this new facility will adopt environmentally friendly technologies and expand energy-efficient refrigeration and freezing areas to reduce waste and preserve essential goods destined for the Canadian Arctic. The facility will also have a backup power system to ensure service continuity during severe weather events.

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“The Ottawa International Airport is a vital economic engine, that also supports our neighbours in the North alongside our local community. The funds from today’s announcement will allow Canadian North to invest in critical infrastructure to support key Canadian Northern supply routes while creating good jobs for local Ottawa residents,” said David J. McGuinty, for Ottawa South.

Featured image: Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Transport. (Transport Canada)

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