Canadian government funds Winnipeg Airport infrastructure

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Photo: Winipeg Airports Authority

Government of Canada funding will enable Winnipeg Richardson International Airport to add a dedicated vehicle access lane for processing cargo.

Over C$5.3m funding from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Programme will go towards the establishment of a new permanent structure for the security screening of non-passenger vehicles; the addition of a dedicated vehicle access lane for processing cargo; improvements to air terminal security; upgrades to airport roadway infrastructure; and projects to enable COVID-19 testing and screening at the airport.

This funding is in addition to C$7m announced under the Airport Critical Infrastructure Programme in August 2021, for the rehabilitation of the airport’s airfield paved surfaces, and C$5.7m from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help the airport maintain continued operations and essential air services for residents and workers in Winnipeg and surrounding communities.

The Airport Critical Infrastructure Programme, launched in May 2021, will provide C$571.2m in funding over five years to airports for eligible infrastructure projects related to safety, security, connectivity to mass transit systems, or testing and screening related to Covid-19 and its variants.

The Airport Relief Fund, launched in May 2021, provided C$64.8m in funding in 2021-2022 for targeted airports whose 2019 revenues were less than C$250m.

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