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Invermere Airport receives grant for runway upgrades

The Invermere Airport will get $17,100 from the provincial government for runway and apron improvements.

This funding comes as the B.C. government announces a wave of grants aimed at supporting regional airports across the province.

“Airports play a key role in bringing together communities and people, and provide the vital links that keep goods moving and our economy strong,” said Dan Coulter, Minister of State for Infrastructure and Transit.

“This provincial support will help our regional airports with a wide range of upgrades that will increase safety, reliability and capacity for the services that British Columbians rely on, including access to health care and support for firefighting.”

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B.C. officials said the Invermere Airport is among two dozen airports set to receive a portion of $11 million from the BC Air Access Program.

“The BC Air Access Program provides front-line funding that supports wildfire suppression, air ambulance, emergency response, tourism and economic development initiatives for British Columbia’s airports,” said Heather McCarley, chair of the BC Aviation Council.

“These strategic investments are particularly important for the province’s remote, rural and Indigenous communities.”

The grants are earmarked for airports that service rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

“While airports fall under federal jurisdiction, the Province recognizes the importance of smaller airports to their communities,” said B.C. officials.

“Aviation-sector support through the BC Air Access Program (BCAAP) is critical to help the B.C. government fulfil its responsibilities related to medevac, wildfire suppression, emergency response, access to remote and Indigenous communities, tourism and economic development.”

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