The Government of Canada is investing $1.2 million to expand and rehabilitate the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS) of the Investing in Canada plan.
The Government of Saskatchewan is also contributing $999,900 while the City of Moose Jaw is contributing $500,100 and is responsible for any additional costs.
The rehabilitation and expansion of the existing runway and taxiway will help accommodate larger planes, including business class, turbo props, and light jets. The construction of a new apron space will increase the parking area and allow for heavier aircrafts to be parked. A new hangar access road will reduce the use of taxiways by vehicle traffic. Improvements also include the installation of additional runway, taxiway and approach lights.
“Canada’s experience under COVID-19 has demonstrated how interdependent Canadians are, as well as our need to stay connected. Connecting Canadians through regional transportation hubs, like the Moose Jaw Airport, brings jobs to rural communities in the region, and will support Canada’s economic recovery,” said Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development. “By investing in projects such as this, we are helping communities across Saskatchewan strengthen their economies and build more resilient infrastructure.”
Across Saskatchewan, the federal government has invested more than $715 million under the Investing in Canada plan towards 368 infrastructure projects. The Rural Economic Development Strategy leverages ongoing federal investments and provides a vision for the future, identifying practical steps to take in the short term, and serving as a foundation to guide further work.
“When construction is finished, these upgrades will improve safety and benefit current airport users in the health and agricultural sectors, along with potential new business that rely on general aviation,” said Greg Simpson, Chair of the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport Authority. “This will improve access to critical health care services and help support economic development in our community, thanks to improved transportation infrastructure. We are grateful for both the confidence demonstrated, and the financial support provided.”