WEBEQUIE – Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, visited the airport in Webequie First Nation to view the recent upgrades to the airfield electrical system.
“Safe and reliable transportation in the North, especially in remote communities, is vitally important,” stated Nault. “Airports, such as the one in Webequie First Nation, provide the only means of year-round transportation into the community.”
The $1-million project was funded through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP). The work completed at the airport included the replacement of the edge lights on the main runway, taxiway and apron as well as various other electrical systems rehabilitation projects such as new electrical cabling and a new lighting control panel.
“Remote and rural airports provide essential air services including air ambulance, bringing necessary supplies and fuel, as well as search and rescue and forest fire response,” concluded Nault. “It was a pleasure to tour the facility today, and it is great to know that the new airfield electrical system will help to ensure continued safe operations at the airport for passengers and workers.”
“The Government of Canada recognizes the important role played by Canada’s local airports in supporting jobs and tourism, enabling investment and facilitating trade. Our investments are helping airports increase safety and accessibility for residents and travellers while supporting the continued growth of local and regional economies,” says Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport