Supporting essential air access for remote communities in Nunavut

eAwaz Local News

Iqaluit – Safe and reliable air transportation links are crucial to keep supply chains strong and resilient across Canada’s North. Investments in essential air services will ensure northern and remote communities remain connected and supported with access to essential goods and health services when they need it most.

Today, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Terry Beech, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced that the Government of Canada is providing $2.8 million in new funding to the Government of Nunavut to support continued essential air services for remote communities in Nunavut.

This financial contribution will help ensure that remote communities in Nunavut continue to have access to essential goods and services, including food and medical supplies.

This funding, from Transport Canada’s Remote Air Services Program (RASP), is in addition to the more than $30.6 million provided to the Government of Nunavut under the program in 2020 and 2021.

The Governments of Canada and Nunavut will continue to collaborate to ensure essential transportation networks and supply chains for Northern and remote communities are protected for the health, safety, and well-being of its residents.

“The pandemic highlighted the important role Canada’s air sector plays in our country’s economy, and in sustaining the social and economic well-being of our communities, particularly in Canada’s North. These investments will improve access to safe, reliable and efficient air transportation options, and will help us build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada. Maintaining these services will also support airlines serving these communities.” – Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

“Our government understands the importance of reliable air services to Canada’s northern and remote communities. This investment will ensure that people living and working in remote and isolated communities in Nunavut will continue to have access to air services for delivery of essential goods and services, for business and trade, and for travel between communities in Nunavut, the North and throughout Canada.” – Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport