Small, regional airports, heliports and water aerodromes around the province have the opportunity to improve their infrastructure for travellers, thanks to funding from the B.C. Air Access Program (BCAAP).
A call for applications is now open and will be received up until Feb. 18, 2019. BCAAP is a cost-share program that provides funding to assist communities with improvements to their aviation infrastructure, including funds to support safety improvements, economic opportunities and green initiatives.
The program introduced new funding incentives last year for airports working on environmental improvements that will benefit the communities, staff and travellers who use them. Incentives around green initiatives help aviation facilities align with the Province’s recently announced CleanBC plan – a plan aimed at reducing climate pollution, while creating more jobs and economic opportunities for people, businesses and communities.
Since its launch in 2015, BCAAP has provided nearly $30 million in funding to 50 airports throughout the province. Projects have ranged from improvements for crack sealing at Vanderhoof Airport, to a terminal building expansion in Terrace.
B.C. has more than 300 public airports, heliports and water aerodromes, which play a significant role in connecting communities and in supporting the economy. The province’s airports handle 20% of Canada’s airport traffic, and nearly a quarter of all takeoffs and landings.
For information on the B.C. Air Access program, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/BCAirAccessProgram