Gillam Airport getting federal funding to buy runway surfacing material

The Gillam Airport is getting about $3.7 million from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) to buy aggregate and granular material for runways, taxiways and the main apron, Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced April 9.

The $3,686,200 investment will purchase 15,000 cubic metres of aggregate material to place a 150-millimetre compact lift on one runway, one taxiway and the main apron as well as a 17,000-cubic-metre stockpile of granular base material to be used for yearly resurfacing over a 10-year period. The material will be hauled to the airport and stored at its designated site.

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"Our government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities,” Garneau said in a press release. “In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada."

Established in 1995, ACAP has provided more than $882.7 million for nearly 1,000 projects at 186 airports across Canada. Gillam Airport has received more than $7.6 million in ACAP funding for six safety projects, including aggregate supply, new snow-clearing equipment and the rehabilitation of the runway, taxiway and apron.

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