Funding announced for Northern Airport upgrades

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In May, Transport Canada announced an investment of more than $35 million to improve the flow of supplies to Northern communities, support economic opportunities and enhance travel in remote communities.

First Air will receive funds to build an expanded cargo warehouse at the Iqaluit airport. This additional capacity will strengthen this vital north/south transportation corridor to maintain an effective and stable supply chain to Canada’s North. The new high efficiency building will increase capacity by approximately 75 per cent for climate- controlled dry goods and refrigerated products to reduce spoiled and damaged goods due to weather delays. The project is expected to create an estimated 120 jobs for Northerners during construction.

Five communities, Kugluktuk, Naujaat, Kimmirut, Whale Cove and Chesterfield Inlet, will also receive funds to replace outdated and undersized airport terminal buildings. This project is expected to create an estimated 220 jobs during construction.