Wawa Airport among 7 to receive RATI funding

Regional air transportation is crucial to local economic growth, the movement of goods and the connectivity of Canadians across the country. The pandemic has had a major impact on regional air transportation ecosystems, affecting communities and local businesses nationwide.

The Government of Canada’s Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI), launched in March 2021, supports access to air transportation and regional ecosystems. In particular, it enables the continuation of existing air routes and ensures airports in remote regions remain operational and able to contribute to regional economic growth, while adapting to new post-COVID-19 realities and requirements.

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced more than $5.8 million in financial support for seven Northeastern Ontario airports.

  • City of Timmins will receive $2,913,915,
  • Earlton-Timiskaming Regional Airport Authority $1,222,812,
  • Town of Kirkland Lake $900,000,
  • Municipality of Wawa $332,264,
  • Gore Bay Manitoulin Airport Commission $187,131,
  • Town of Hearst $140,325, and the
  • Town of Moosonee $90,000.

These non-repayable contributions will support nine initiatives that will help mitigate the financial pressures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting airport operations, infrastructure enhancements and strategic planning. The projects are expected to help create or maintain 23 jobs and restore an additional five full-time positions in Northeastern Ontario.

Regional air transportation is key to the economic development of communities and businesses right across Canada. It is essential to connecting Canadians living in rural and remote communities to urban centres, delivering Canadian goods to the global market and welcoming international visitors to all parts of the country, when it is safe to do so.

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