Canada’s civil air navigation system owner and operator Nav Canada is set to invest $170m to develop infrastructure in the country’s air traffic management throughout fiscal 2017.

The investment is $40m more than the company’s usual annual average investment, and will run through 2019.

Area control centres (ACC), air traffic control towers and flight service stations (FSS) across Canada will be expanded, revamped and replaced with new facilities under the investment.

"We want to build on our success through this commitment to a significant expansion of our capital programme."

Nav Canada will also continue to improve power systems and invest in air traffic management technology.

Nav Canada president and CEO Neil Wilson said: “Today, Canada’s air navigation system has an unsurpassed record for safety and efficiency, which is a testament to the talent and dedication of Nav Canada employees across the country.

“We want to build on our success through this commitment to a significant expansion of our capital programme.

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“This involves projects with multi-year timelines, and a pace of investment we expect to continue over three years, subject to economic and business conditions and appropriate annual approvals.”

Of the new $170m investment, a sizable amount will also be used to modernise critical components of communications, navigation and surveillance infrastructure, such as continued investment in space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) systems.

Over the last two decades, Nav Canada has invested more than $2bn in new technology and facilities to improve the country’s air traffic management.

The company has also developed air navigation technology for eight countries worldwide.