WINNIPEG — The Government of Canada has announced it is investing close to $12.7 million to help the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support continued air services and important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.
Almost $7 million in funding will come from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for infrastructure improvements including the rehabilitation of the taxiway, other airfield paved surfaces and access roads.
The federal government is also providing the airport with close to $5.7 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help it maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in Winnipeg and surrounding communities.
“This financial support will ensure that, as Canada works towards recovery and travel restart post pandemic, the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport will be able to provide regional accessibility, and safe, reliable and efficient air services for residents and workers in Winnipeg and its surrounding communities,” federal Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra said in a statement.
The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program and the Airport Relief Fund were introduced in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement and are part of a federal stimulus recovery plan designed to build a stronger, more inclusive and more resilient economy post-COVID-19, a government release stated.
“Today’s announcement is good news for this region. Our collective social and economic recovery depends on connectivity and this commitment from the federal government accelerates our recovery by investing in the critical infrastructure needed at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport,” Winnipeg Airports Authority president and CEO Barry Rempel added.