July 17, 2009 09:12 ET

The Government of Canada Improves Safety at Greater Sudbury Airport

SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 17, 2009) - The Government of Canada announced today that the Greater Sudbury Airport will receive funding for a new aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle.

"Our government is committed to making safety a top priority for travellers," said Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, John Baird. "The purchase of this new aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle for Sudbury Airport will help to keep passengers and employees safe during emergencies."

The Greater Sudbury Airport will receive $919,147 to cover the cost of an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle, ancillary equipment and an exhaust system for the firehall. The funding comes from the 2009-2010 Airports Capital Assistance Program, which funds capital projects related to safety, asset protection and operating cost reduction. Eligible airports must have year-round regularly scheduled passenger service, they must meet Transport Canada airport certification requirements, and they cannot be owned or operated by the Government of Canada.

The Sudbury Airport Community Development Corporation operates and maintains the Greater Sudbury Airport. The airport provides year-round, regularly scheduled passenger service. Air Canada Jazz and Bearskin Airlines are the official carriers serving the Airport. There are a number of charter and cargo aircraft that frequent the Sudbury Airport on a regular basis. The Airport serves as a main firebase for the Ministry of Natural Resources - Ontario during the summer. The airport also serves as a major base for Medivac aircraft.

Since its creation, the program has distributed over $468 million for 562 projects at 164 airports for mainly safety-related projects such as the rehabilitation of runways, taxiways, visual aids and heavy airside mobile equipment.

Including this project, the Greater Sudbury Airport has received a total of more than $5.6 million in Airports Capital Assistance Program funding, since 1995.

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The Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) provides funding for capital projects related to safety, asset protection and operating cost reduction. To be eligible, an airport must receive year-round regularly scheduled passenger service with a minimum of 1,000 passengers each year over the most recent three consecutive years; meet Transport Canada airport certification requirements; and not be owned or operated by the Government of Canada.

The current five-year program will allocate $190 million by March 2010 - at an average of $38 million per year. Contributions are considered for the following types of projects:

First-priority projects include safety-related airside projects, such as rehabilitation of runways, taxiways, aprons, lighting and other utilities, visual aids and sand storage sheds. This category also includes related site preparation and environmental costs, aircraft firefighting vehicles, and ancillary equipment and equipment shelters that are necessary to maintain the level of protection required by regulation.

Second-priority projects include safety-related heavy airside mobile equipment, such as runway snowblowers, runway snowplows, runway sweepers, spreaders and decelerometers (winter friction testing devices), and heavy airside mobile equipment shelters.

Third-priority projects include safety-related air terminal building and groundside projects, such as sprinkler systems, asbestos removal and barrier-free access.

Fourth-priority projects include asset protection and refurbishing, and operating cost reduction related to air terminal building or groundside access.

Transport Canada also sets priorities based on detailed technical analyses of facility conditions and maintenance histories, airport traffic and certification requirements.

To be eligible, projects must maintain or improve safety levels, protect airport assets or significantly reduce operating costs. Projects must also meet accepted engineering practices and be justified on the basis of current demand. Airport facility expansion projects will be considered only if the current facilities have a potentially negative impact on safety at the airport.

Through ACAP, the Government of Canada is improving airport safety, as well as helping the economic viability of this important aspect of Canada's transportation infrastructure.

ACAP is an example of the Government of Canada directing infrastructure resources to where they are most needed and can best enhance safety.

July 2009

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Contact Information

  • Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    Office of Canada's Transport Minister,
    John Baird, Ottawa
    Andrea Spitzer
    Regional Director, Communications and Marketing
    Transport Canada - Ontario Region