The federal government, Government of Saskatchewan and local government are collectively providing $2.7 million in funding for improvements to the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport. This includes rehabilitation and expansion of the airport’s existing runway and taxiway to help accommodate larger planes, including business class, turboprops and light jets.
The planned 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 also be built to reduce the use of taxiways by vehicle traffic. Improvements also include the installation of additional runway, taxiway and approach lights.
“The Moose Jaw Municipal Airport Authority team is very excited to see this runway expansion and rehabilitation of the airside facilities project begin to come to fruition,” said Greg Simpson, chair of the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport Authority. “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.”
The Government of Canada is investing $1.2 million in this project through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS) of the Investing in Canada plan, while the Government of Saskatchewan is contributing $999,900. The City of Moose Jaw is contributing $500,100 and is responsible for any additional costs.
The Investing in Canada plan focuses on providing more than $180 billion over 12 years toward public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, as well as Canada’s rural and northern communities.
“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. “Since 2015, the Government of Canada has supported five major broadband projects in Saskatchewan, impacting more than 56,000 households and 54 institutions, including schools, libraries, municipal offices and health centres.
Monsef continues to explains that more than 1,000 kilometres of fibre has been deployed across the province to help connect homes and businesses. She also points to some 230 projects across the province to improve roads, bridges, drinking water, waste water and build community recreation projects. “By investing in projects such as this, we are helping communities across Saskatchewan strengthen their economies and build more resilient infrastructure,” said Monsef.