CASTLEGAR, BC, Aug. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable John Duncan,
Minister of State and Chief Government Whip and Member of Parliament
for Vancouver Island North, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Minister of Transport, today announced more than $630,000 in funding
for three safety improvement projects at the West Kootenay Regional
The West Kootenay Regional Airport is receiving through the Airports
Capital Assistance Program (ACAP), $365,612 for the replacement of a
self-propelled snowblower, $230,756 for a runway sweeper and $37,041 to
purchase a runway condition reporting system.
"The West Kootenay Regional Airport is a vital gateway for local
residents, businesses, trade and tourism," said Minister Duncan. "This
funding will enhance the safety of all those who use this airport,
especially the communities and businesses in southeast British
The new snowblower and runway sweeper will ensure the timely and
effective removal of snow, slush and ice from runways and taxiways,
while the runway condition reporting system will provide timely,
accurate and precise wireless reporting and recording of runway
"The West Kootenay Regional Airport handles over 70,000 passenger
movements per year and is one of the main economic drivers for the
region's economic growth and prosperity," said Lawrence Chernoff, Mayor
of the City of Castlegar. "The City of Castlegar is very appreciative
to receive this ACAP funding for the acquisition of the new snowblower,
runway sweeper and runway condition reporting system. The new equipment
and reporting system will ensure that the West Kootenay Regional
Airport continues to provide great service to the airlines that use our
facility and to the travelling public."
To date, through ACAP, the West Kootenay Regional Airport has received
more than $4 million for seven projects, including today's
announcement. Since the program started, the Government of Canada has
invested more than $608 million for 757 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 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 over 965,000 net new jobs created since
SOURCE: Transport Canada
This news release may be made available in alternative formats for persons living with visual disabilities.