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$15 million to be invested at six Quebec airports

Aug. 8, 2011, Sept-Iles, Que. - Today, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced during a visit to Sept-Îles a $15 million investment in six airports on the North Shore and Lower North Shore and in Schefferville, to keep the facilities safe and in operational condition and ensure the efficient pursuit of airport activities. 


August 8, 2011
By Carey Fredericks

"Maintaining airport facilities for regional and remote communities is essential," Minister Lebel said. "The work that is done and the equipment that is purchased will enable these six airports to continue to support the regional economy, which is based on mining, aluminum smelting, fishing, tourism and public services."

The airports at Sept-Îles, Havre-Saint-Pierre, Natashquan, Chevery, Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon and Schefferville will receive significant investments to carry out projects and procure equipment, including:

  • Replacement of service vehicles, refurbishment of the lighting and electrical distribution system and the terminal building roof, connection to the municipal water system and refurbishment of the public areas of the Sept-Îles airport;
  • Procurement of various equipment, redevelopment of the terminal building and runway surface repair at the Havre-Saint-Pierre airport;
  • Installation of surveillance equipment and refurbishment of the external siding of the Natashquan terminal building;
  • Procurement of surveillance equipment for the Chevery airport;
  • Refurbishment of parts of the garage, replacement of the approach lights and runway identification lights, and renovation of the Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon terminal building;
  • Refurbishment of the multi-purpose building and replacement of a loader at the Schefferville airport.

These refurbishment and procurement projects are to go out to public tender so that expert firms can be selected in a rigorous process and then carry out the projects or provide the required equipment. The various project phases will begin this year and could extend to 2014.

"These projects and the procurement of equipment for these airports, which are vital to the economies and sustainability of their respective regions, illustrates our government's ongoing commitment to regional, local and remote communities," Mr. Lebel added.

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While the work is going on, the necessary measures will be taken to minimize the impact on the airports' regular activities. Attached is a backgrounder on the airports and projects announced today.