OTTAWA, Nov. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for
Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced funding for
the Sault Ste. Marie Airport to make an important safety improvement.
The Sault Ste. Marie Airport is receiving $29,602 through the Airports
Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) for the replacement of their existing
runway condition reporting system. This system will provide timely,
accurate and precise wireless reporting and recording of runway
conditions. This funding is in addition to $622,320 announced earlier
this year for the installation of an aircraft radio control of airfield
lighting system and for the rehabilitation of airside electrical
"The Sault Ste. Marie Airport is a vital gateway for local residents,
businesses, trade and tourism," said MP Hayes. "This will support the
safety of all those who use this airport, especially the communities
and businesses in Northern Ontario that have come to rely on it"
"In addition to improving safety, investing in infrastructure at
regional airports creates jobs and helps to ensure the right conditions
for economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Minister Lebel.
"The Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation is pleased with
the assistance provided by the federal government in their allocation
of $29,602 through ACAP in purchasing new equipment for runway
condition reporting," said Terry Bos, CEO. "This equipment will
enhance safety through improved analysis and communication of existing
surface conditions between the airport and Nav Canada."
In 2012-2013, the Government of Canada will invest more than $27.1
million for 42 safety-related improvements at 28 airports across
Canada. Improvements include purchasing/replacing heavy airside mobile
equipment; installing wildlife fencing; and rehabilitating runway
pavements, airfield lighting and electrical systems.
To date, through ACAP, the Government of Canada has invested more than
$587.1 million for 722 projects at 173 airports. Over 99 per cent of
these projects were airside safety-related projects such as runways,
taxiways and visual aids, as well as heavy airside mobile equipment
such as fire trucks and snowplows. The Sault Ste. Marie Airport has
received more than $7 million for 13 projects, including today's
Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012 provides new opportunities for
growth, job creation and long-term prosperity. Strengthening
infrastructure across the country is an important part of this plan.
Thanks to the Government of Canada's leadership, and our strong
economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered
from the global recession better than most other industrialized
countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the
recovery with more than 824,000 net new jobs created since July 2009.
Find out more about the opportunities in Economic Action Plan 2012 at www.budget.gc.ca/2012/home-accueil-eng.html.
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SOURCE: Transport Canada
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