The Canadian government is to invest $762,800 on safety improvements at Prince Rupert Airport on remote Digby Island in British Columbia.
The windfall, provided under the umbrella of Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP), will be used to repair pavement joints on Runway 13-31 and to purchase a wet/dry chemical spreader.
"Our government is committed to the safety and security of all Canadians, and continues to invest in airport safety by assisting regional and local airports with safety-related capital projects," says transport minister, Steven Fletcher.
"We recognise that efficient and safe airports are vital to the local economies of smaller communities. Strengthening the Prince Rupert Airport will create jobs directly and indirectly in this community."
This year, the Canadian government 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.
"Canada's regional airports like Prince Rupert play an important role in our local, national and international economies," adds James Moore, the country’s minister of Canadian heritage and official languages, and regional minister for British Columbia.
“This year's ACAP funding is vital to the safety of all those who use this airport, especially the businesses in Northern British Columbia that have come to rely heavily on it."