OTTAWA, ON, July 21, 2021 / CNW / – The global COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for northern and remote communities that depend on supply chains for the delivery of essential goods and services. As the pandemic evolves, the government of Canada continues to work with partners, including provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous communities and the airline industry, to meet the unique needs of these communities.
Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honorable Omar Alghabra, and the British Columbia The Honorable Rob Fleming, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, announced that the Government of Canada provides a supplement $ 1.596 million to the government of British Columbia continue to support essential air services for communities remote from British Columbia.
The funding announced today is in addition to the $ 2.176 million already provided to the government of British Columbia in 2020, to maintain essential air services to remote communities.
This financial contribution will help maintain minimum levels of air transportation services to communities remote from British Columbia ensure continued access to essential goods and services, including community resupply of food and medical supplies.
Governments of Canada and British Columbia will continue to work together to ensure that essential transportation and supply chains in northern and remote communities are protected for the health, safety and well-being of all Canadians.
âOur government understands the importance of reliable air services in maintaining the social and economic well-being of our northern and remote communities. This investment will ensure that as we work to resume and resume travel after the pandemic, people living and working in remote areas British Columbia communities will continue to have access to air services for the delivery of essential goods and services and for essential travel between communities. We are excited to work with our territorial and Indigenous partners and the airline industry to support communities as we begin to build back better. “
The Honorable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport
âThe airline industry has certainly felt the impact of COVID-19. We know how critical the airline industry is to people, businesses, tourism and the economy. This is welcome funding from the government of Canada to help maintain essential air services to remote communities British Columbia. And as we move forward on our plan to restart British Columbia, we know better days are ahead for the airline industry and for British Columbians. “
The Honorable Rob Fleming
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure
Government of British Columbia
- Under the Remote Air Services Program funding agreements, a fixed amount of funding is allocated to each province or territory that has remote communities. The provinces and territories are responsible for allocating funding to specific air carriers.
- Remote communities are those that rely on air service as the only convenient year-round mode of transportation.
- There are 30 communities with airports or airfields in British Columbia which are considered distant.
- Some communities may have limited access to seasonal ice roads or long and unreliable gravel roads.
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SOURCE Transport Canada
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