The Government of Canada is set to make an investment at Prince Albert (Glass Field) Airport in Saskatchewan for two safety improvement projects.

The investment will be used to purchase a grader and for the rehabilitation of airside edge lighting, signage, and the airfield lighting control system at Prince Albert Airport.

Valued at C$353,440, the grader will help in clearing ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron.

As part of the rehabilitation project, which is valued at C$365,765, airside lighting will be replaced with LED lights for clearer visibility.

Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said: “Our government recognises that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities.

“These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options.”

“These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.”

The total of C$719,205 will be provided from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP), which started in 1995.

The government has invested more than C$882.7m in 948 projects at 186 airports across Canada since the programme started.

Prince Albert Airport has received more than C$12.2m in ACAP funding for 13 safety projects to date.

The funding was used to rehabilitate the pavement on Runway 08-26, reconfigure the taxiway and apron, upgrade airfield lighting systems, and procure a runway snowblower, front-end loader, and sweeper.

The government has also announced investments of C$356,680 and C$214,008 for the purchase of graders at the Northern Rockies Regional Airport and the Northwest Regional Airport respectively.