Canadians depend on reliable and well-maintained regional airports to sustain active communities, from traveling to health checkups, receiving goods to market, distributing medical supplies, or delivering vaccines. During the Covid-19 pandemic, these regional airports also present fundamental air services that include community resupply, air ambulance, search & retrieve, and forest fire response.
The Government of Canada has decided to give more than $20 million for the safety of Alberta air terminals through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP):
Transport Canada has designated ACAP funding to 63 airports for 86 safety plans, including runway & taxiway servicing/reconstruction, lighting augmentations, buying snow clearing tools, firefighting vehicles, and placing wildlife fencing for 2021-2022. The Canadian Government has spent more than $1.1 billion on 1,088 projects at 199 airports since the Airports Capital Assistance Program started in 1995.
The airports are significant to metropolitan centers and remote societies. The Canadian government’s purchase will further guarantee maintained secure and reliable airport services for residents; several residents depend on their local airports for private travel & business and society resupply of necessary goods & admittance to routine & emergency medical care larger centers. This is a component of how we strengthen stronger, more flexible, and comprehensive communities across Canada.
The Government understands that airports are notable contributors to smaller communities’ financial growth and social well-being and local airport workers. In addition to promoting private travel, local airports are principal connectors for business, health care, social services, and developing resource development sectors. These grants will advance access to safe, reliable & efficient air transportation alternatives and assist travel agents in building safer, healthier, and stronger communities across Canada. This is more significant than ever as we work towards recapitulating the markets regulated by the COVID-19 pandemic.