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The North Peace Regional Airport will be receiving a new snow plow truck after it was announced that the federal government will be contributing over $217,000 to the airport.

The funding was announced by MP of Prince George-Peace River Bob Zimmer, who said that the equipment will be used to ensure that the airport has continued safety in their operation.

The funding falls in line with Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program, where more than $14.5-million has already been contributed to the North Peace Airport in 13 safety projects.

“This is another great move forward,” said Fred Jarvis, Chair of the North Peace Airport Society. “We have a lot of demand on the runways and they got to be ready to go.”

Jarvis added that adding another snow plow truck is something that the airport really needed.

“This airport is truly a gem for this region and it assists us in our growth,” said Fort St. John Mayor, Lori Ackerman.

A similar announcement was made last September, where the federal government contributed almost $350,000 to replace a snow plow and a wet/dry de-icing spreader.

The previous plow had been purchased locally as well.

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