“We are pleased to partner with communities across the province in improving their airport infrastructure,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. “Community airports provide an important service, supporting tourism, agriculture, health care delivery and law enforcement.”
CAP Program funding eligibility is reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives from the Saskatchewan Aviation Council, the Regina and Saskatoon Airport Authorities and the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure. CAP grants are cost-shared on a 50/50 basis up to a maximum amount, resulting in a more than $1.4 million annual investment.
“The returns on the CAP Program are felt throughout the aviation industry,” Saskatchewan Aviation Council President Janet Keim said. “Not only will a mile of runway get you the world, but it will bring the world to us.”
Airports benefiting from the CAP Program this year include:
- Biggar – $48,756 to pave apron and taxi areas;
- Carlyle – $68,252 to widen taxiway/overrun at the east end and expand the existing apron area;
- Kindersley – $9,259 for asphalt preservation and to repair the runway access;
- North Battleford – $275,000 for runway pavement rehabilitation;
- Outlook – $20,720 to replace runway lighting;
- Oxbow – $18,500 for land purchase to extend the airport runway;
- RM of Eye Hill #382 (Macklin) – $64,052 for crack repair and repaving of the runway, taxiway and apron;
- Swift Current – $68,000 for asphalt overlays, slurry seals and crack sealing;
- Tisdale – $14,500 for crack sealing on the runway, taxiway and apron;
- Unity – $15,000 for crack sealing;
- Weyburn – $36,000 for asphalt patching, line painting, and the installation of a fence and gate;
- Yorkton – $61,961 for crack sealing, wildlife fencing and runway /taxiway line markings.
To qualify for funding, airports must support economic development, accessibility and safety. The government has invested $5.7 million in 36 locally-owned airports through the CAP Program since 2007.