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Yellowknife Airport to get upgrades

Aug. 9, 2011, Yellowknife, N.W.T. - The Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance), on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, was joined today by the Honourable Bob McLeod, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment for the Government of the Northwest Territories on behalf of the Honourable Michael McLeod, Minister of Transportation, to announce that the Government of Canada is investing $369,500 in improvements to the Yellowknife Airport.


August 9, 2011
By Carey Fredericks

Under the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP), the money will be used to replace a self-propelled snowblower.

"The Government of Canada is committed to the safety and security of all Canadians," said Minister Menzies. "We recognize that efficient and safe airports are vital to the local economies of smaller communities, which is why we are investing in safety improvement projects at regional and local airports across the country."

"The Government of Canada's contribution to airport capital improvements supports our commitment to safety and operational effectiveness and helps ensure a vital link to Canada's North and its communities," said Minister McLeod. "The Yellowknife Airport is the central hub to travel in the North, and is vital to the sustainability of our remote communities."

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.