The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have announced a joint investment to upgrade the airport infrastructure in the country’s northern region.

Under this initiative, the two governments agreed to jointly fund the revamp of six northern airports through a combined infusion of C$2.9m.

Canada Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities Dominic LeBlanc said: “The projects announced today are vital to ensuring safe, secure, and efficient travel for visitors and residents of Northern Saskatchewan.

“These investments, made possible through collaboration with the Government of Saskatchewan, will foster community growth for years to come.”

The airports in La Loche, Île-à-la-Crosse, Sandy Bay, Cumberland House and Pinehouse Lake will be equipped with All Weather Observation Systems (AWOS) as a result of C$1.25m in combined federal and provincial financing.

AWOS technology has been designed to provide accurate, real-time information and reports on airport weather conditions.

In addition, airfield lighting will be upgraded at airports in La Loche, Île-à-la-Crosse, Pinehouse Lake and Patuanak.

The renovation will see an investment of C$1.65m, which will be equally shared by the two governments.

On behalf of Saskatchewan Minister of Highways Jeremy Cockrill, Saskatchewan MLA for Athabasca Jim Lemaigre said: “Saskatchewan’s northern airports connect communities to vital public services like air ambulance, law enforcement, and fire suppression. These investments will ensure northern airports can provide safe, timely and reliable service.”

In June, the Canadian Government allocated C$105m under the National Trade Corridors Fund to enhance supply chain efficiency for the country’s air carriers.