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Manitoulin Airport Upgrades Runway

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Manitoulin Airport Upgrades Runway

McGuinty Government Supporting Local Economic Development

Improving infrastructure at the Gore Bay-Manitoulin Airport will help attract new businesses and jobs to the island.

With assistance from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the airport commission will repave and extend its runway, resurface two taxiways and resurface the facility's main area for loading and parking aircrafts.  The 600-foot extension of the runway will help enhance safety for aircrafts and help attract new users to the airport.  Construction is expected to be completed this fall.

This initiative is part of the government's five-year Open Ontario plan to create jobs and economic opportunities in Northern Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is providing $842,996 to this project through the NOHFC's Infrastructure and Community Development Program.
  • The Gore Bay-Manitoulin Airport is the only certified airport between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury. It is used by private trucking and tourism businesses, flight schools and charter companies as well as air ambulance, fire suppression, law enforcement, and, search and rescue services.

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“This announcement is very good news for Manitoulin Island. The Gore Bay airport is a tremendous asset to our area and these upgrades will ensure that current and new businesses will have a safe and secure airport for years to come.”

Mike Brown

MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin

“Our government understands that improving transportation infrastructure is vital to the long-term economic prosperity of the North.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, and chair of the NOHFC

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