Saskatchewan Community Airports Receiving a Lift
The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $700,000 in cost-shared grants to 12 community airports across the province for repairs and upgrades through the Community Airport Partnership (CAP) program.
“Community and regionally-owned airports support vital services like air ambulance, law enforcement and firefighting,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said. “We are pleased to be able to partner with 12 communities to upgrade and maintain their local community airports.”
Grants are cost-shared up to a maximum amount of $275,000. CAP is designed to help offset the capital costs of rehabilitation and infrastructure improvements.
“A mile of highway gets you a mile down the road; a mile of runway gets you the world,” Saskatchewan Aviation Council President Janet Keim said. “I applaud the smaller communities in realizing the potential and value of their airports in both economic growth as well as the social benefits for their region.”
Airports benefiting from the CAP program this year include:
- Carlyle - $14,920 – runway and apron crack filling;
- Kindersley - $4,000 – runway asphalt preservation;
- Lucky Lake - $61,669 - runway preservation: crack sealing and slurry seal;
- Melfort - $52,478 – rewiring and upgrading lighting;
- Moose Jaw - $30,000 – runway and taxiway crack sealing and replacement of aerodrome beacon;
- North Battleford - $275,000 – rehabilitation of the runway;
- R.M. of Eldon - $40,966 – runway, taxiway and apron crack sealing, fog seals and line painting;
- Shaunavon - $10,000 – lighting upgrades;
- Swift Current - $46,500 - re-designation of runway, asphalt maintenance, lighting upgrade, runway and taxiway markings;
- Tisdale - $27,000 – runway patching and crack sealing;
- Weyburn - $8,800 – line painting and fence installation; and
- Yorkton - $128,667 – apron extension.
Since 2007, $7 million has been invested in the Community Airport Partnership program, benefiting 36 community airports through $14 million in airport rehabilitation.
For more information about the program, please visit https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/airports/community-airport-partnership-cap-program.