KAMLOOPS, BC, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament
for Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced
$544,310 in Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) funding for the
construction of a shelter for an aircraft rescue and firefighting truck
and related equipment at the Kamloops Airport.
"The Kamloops Airport is a vital gateway for local residents,
businesses, trade and tourism," said MP McLeod. "This funding will
create jobs and enhance the safety of all those who use this airport,
especially the communities and businesses in the interior of British
Columbia that rely on it."
"The improvements to the Kamloops Airport, supported by the financial
assistance of the Government of Canada, will contribute greatly to
growth, job creation and economic prosperity in our city, as well as
support our airport's continued safety," said Peter Milobar, Mayor of
Kamloops. "The City of Kamloops appreciates the continued federal
support of our airport through the Airports Capital Assistance
"Our government remains focused on four priorities, as outlined by the
Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the
safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen
of this country, and of course, their personal financial security,"
added MP McLeod.
To date, through ACAP, the Kamloops Airport has received more than $3.6
million for nine projects, including today's announcement. In 2011,
$905,700 was provided to the airport for the purchase of an aircraft
rescue and firefighting truck and in 2012, $146,621 was invested in
runway de-icing equipment and a snowplow truck.
Since the program started, the Government of Canada has invested more
than $597.7 million for 737 projects at 174 airports. Improvements
include purchasing/replacing heavy airside mobile equipment; installing
wildlife fencing; and rehabilitating runway pavements, airfield
lighting and electrical systems.
Canada's Economic Action Plan provides new opportunities for growth, job
creation and long-term prosperity. Thanks to the Government of
Canada's leadership and our strong economic and financial fundamentals,
the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better
than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader
among G-7 countries throughout the recovery with 950,000 net new jobs
created since July 2009.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
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