The Honorable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, announced that the Government of Canada is making important safety investments at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. Through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program, the Government of Canada is providing the airport with close to $3 million to purchase two aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicles and associated equipment. These vehicles and equipment will help keep passengers and airport workers and crew safe by ensuring a rapid and effective response to aircraft emergencies.
This funding is in addition to the more than $4 million provided to the Airport through the Program in 2021-22 for the purchase of a plow truck and the partial rehabilitation of Taxiways A and C, Apron IIIA, and aircraft stands.
“Our country’s airports help keep our supply chains moving and our communities connected from coast to coast to coast,” said Minister Alghabra. “This funding for the Region of Waterloo International Airport is good news for the communities the airport serves and will ensure that residents in and around Waterloo Region are able to travel safely and efficiently, whether it be for personal or business reasons. Through investments like these in our air sector, we are building healthier, stronger communities for the residents of Waterloo Region and across the country.”
Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) provides federal funding to help eligible airports finance capital projects that will help them maintain safety.
Since the Airports Capital Assistance Program started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested over $1.25 billion for 1,239 projects at 201 local, regional and National Airports System airports across the country.