REGINA, SK. – The government of Saskatchewan is putting money towards upgrades and improvements to airports across the province through the Community Airport Partnership (CAP) program.
Nine community airports will receive a total of $700,000 in cost-shared grants this year through the program, which is designed to offset capital costs of remediation and infrastructure improvements with grants cost-shared to a maximum amount of $275,000.
“Our communities and regionally-owned airports provide important transportation infrastructure that support critical services like air ambulance, law enforcement and firefighting. By partnering with municipalities, we’re ensuring a network of airports is in place to enhance economic development in sectors like tourism, oil and gas, agriculture and mining,” Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said.
The airports involved in the program include:
- Moosomin – $275,000 for Phase 1 of new runway construction;
- Yorkton – $257,760 for Phase 1 of runway rehabilitation;
- Estevan – $86,750 for runway drainage improvements;
- Swift Current – $55,000 for asphalt maintenance and runway, taxiway, and apron painting;
- Humboldt – $36,500 for runway repairs and replacement of the Nondirectional Radio Beacon system with a GPS approach;
- Maple Creek – $27,000 for runway repairs; and
- Kindersley – $4,000 for runway repairs.
“We are very pleased to obtain this CAP grant for improvements and upgrades to our airport facility. Any investment into our local transportation infrastructure is always welcome,” Moosomin Mayor Larry Tomlinson said.
“Over the past five years Yorkton has invested more than $269,000 in matching infrastructure improvement funds for our airport, which help to maintain and improve it. Yorkton Regional Airport is an important piece of our local and provincial transportation infrastructure and provides economic benefits throughout the region,” Yorkton mayor Bob Maloney added.
Over $7 million has been invested in community airports since 2007, with 50-50 matching community contributions generating $14 million in airport improvements, a Government of Saskatchewan statement said.
CAP projects are subject to the minister’s approval and budget appropriation and once the project is approved, the applicant is expected to enter into a contribution agreement with the government of Saskatchewan.