DAWSON CREEK – The B.C. government is investing $82,311 at Dawson Creek Regional Airport as part of B.C. on the Move, the government’s new 10-year transportation plan.

The funding, awarded through the new B.C. Air Access Program, will go towards three projects.

Of the total funding, $52,961 will go toward replacing the leaking terminal roof. Repairs include installing new wood blocking, scuppers, protrusion flashings, insulation, membrane, metal flashings and roofing as required.

The second project, buying and installing CCTV system on airport grounds, will receive $19,149 in the terminal building and parking lot to deter future incidents of break-ins and vandalism.

The third project, replacing the airport’s secure key control access system will receive $10,201 in B.C. government funding. Replacements include locksets, card reader wiring, key fobs, padlocks, interface modules and door controllers.

“As our infrastructure ages, it’s important that we make the necessary investments to increase airport safety and efficiency,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said. “These investments will also contribute to regional economic growth.”

“As we see our small community grow into a bustling centre of activity we realize the importance of access to quality transportation options,” Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead said. “I could not be more pleased that the City of Dawson Creek has qualified for over $150,000 in airport upgrade funding through the B.C. Air Access Program, facilitated through the Province of British Columbia. On behalf of the City of Dawson Creek I would like to thank the Province for considering Dawson Creek and we look forward to the future of the airport and the accessibility of flight to all residents.”

Through the B.C. Air Access Program, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure cost shares with public airports on projects such as lighting and navigational systems, terminal building expansion or upgrades, and runway improvements. These types of projects allow airports to improve safety and accommodate larger aircraft and more frequent flights, supporting the continued growth of local and provincial economies. The program also encourages funding partnerships with the federal government, local and regional governments and agencies, and the private sector.

B.C. on the Move is investing $24 million over the next three years for the B.C. Air Access Program. This year’s funding allocation is approximately $6 million.