The Canadian Government has announced that Edmonton International Airport (EIA) will receive an $18m grant under the National Trades Corridor Fund to upgrade three infrastructure assets at the airport.

These upgrades are being taken to increase the region’s capacity to handle inbound and outbound commerce.

Under the project, the airport’s Apron 7 will be expanded by 47,000m² to accommodate two additional wide-body aircraft parking positions.

A new hydrant fuelling system, which will be connected to Shell Aviation’s new cargo fuel farm, will be installed to cut down fuel trucks on Apron 7 and increase turn-around times.

In addition, 1,400m² of cold storage and equipment will be installed in the international cargo area to store perishable export and temperature-sensitive products.

During the construction period, these investments are expected to create approximately 360 job opportunities.

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As a merit-based programme, the National Trade Corridors Fund offers funding to invest in critical assets that aid economic activity and the movement of goods and people in Canada.

Trade diversification is a crucial element of the National Trade Corridors Fund.

The fund helps to improve the performance of the transportation system by increasing the value and volume of goods exported from Canada to international markets, as well as generate new overseas trade as a result of the investment.

Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said: “Our government is investing in Canada’s economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors. We are supporting projects that help move goods efficiently to market and people to their destinations, stimulate our economy during the pandemic, create good quality middle-class jobs, and ensure Canada’s transportation networks remain competitive and efficient.”