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Government invests in airport safety

June 29, 2011, Ottawa - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced today that the Government of Canada is making important safety investments at airports across the country through the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).


June 29, 2011
By Carey Fredericks

"The Government of Canada is committed to the safety and security of all Canadians and continues to invest in airport safety by assisting regional and local airport owners with safety-related capital projects," said Minister Lebel. "The Government of Canada recognizes that efficient and safe airports are vital to the local economies of smaller communities, which is why we are taking action to invest in these safety improvement projects."

This year, the Government of Canada is investing more than $20.9 million for 27 projects at 23 airports. Improvements include replacing snowblowers and runway sweepers; purchasing runway de-icing and fire-fighting equipment; and rehabilitating runway pavements.

To date, through ACAP, the Government of Canada has invested a total of $556 million for 678 projects at 171 airports, including today's announcement. 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. Backgrounders on ACAP and the selected projects are attached.