In mid-2017, Transport Canada announced available funding for infrastructure projects that support the flow of goods and passengers throughout the Canadian transportation system. First Air, in collaboration with key stakeholders, submitted two proposals for possible funding under the new National Trade Corridors Fund (NTFC).
With a major upgrade of the Ottawa Cargo facilities, with a larger warehouse, more refrigeration capacity and technological upgrades for increased quality control of perishable and non-perishable goods, the quality, quantity and expediency of northbound cargo Ottawa to Iqaluit would be significantly improved.
As the hub of First Air’s Eastern Arctic network, a new Iqaluit Cargo warehouse would significantly improve service and supply to remote communities and would include technology upgrades and an environmentally friendly “green” design to maximize energy conservation.
First Air shipped 19.4 million kilos of freight cargo out of Ottawa to communities across the Arctic in 2017, including food, mail and medical supplies.
The complete project is estimated to cost $17.5 million. If the airline receives its funds, work could begin later this year and continue through until 2021.