The purpose of the investment, according to the office of MP for Prince George – Peace River, Bob Zimmer, is to “ensure continued safe airport operation for flight crews, passengers, airport employees, medical evacuations, and fire fighting operations.”

“Our government is committed to the safety and security of all Canadians,” MP Zimmer said in a written statement. “This investment will improve safety for air travellers and support the efficient movement of people and goods – ensuring the right conditions for economic growth and long-term prosperity.”

The funding is provided by Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP), which isn’t the first time its been allocated to the Northern Rockies Regional Airport, as they’ve already received over $8.7 million for the funding of 11 projects, including today’s most recent one.

“The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality welcomes the ACAP funding as it will significantly improve the safety and manoeuvring aircraft, increase the operational apron area to allow for easier access to on-site services, and provide better and safer service to our users,” May Bill Streeper said in the same written statement. “The Northern Rockies Regional Airport has become one of the North’s busiest airports in recent years, and this airport improvement will support the growth of the community.”

Some previous projects include the overlay of pavement on Runway 03 – 21 and Taxiway A, airfield electrical system upgrades, and the purchase of a runway sweeper and snowplow truck.