November 2, 2020        Ottawa        Transport Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the remote communities that depend on small air carriers for essential goods, services, and access in and out of the community. As the pandemic continues to evolve, the Government of Canada is working with partners, including provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous partners and the air industry to address the unique needs of these communities.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau; the Minister of Northern Affairs, the Honourable Daniel Vandal; and Nunavut’s Minister of Economic Development and Transportation, the Honourable David Akeeagok, announced a new agreement with the Government of Nunavut to support essential air access to remote communities.

The Government of Canada is contributing up to $17.1 million to ensure continuity of service for at least six months and up to 18 months if necessary. The Government of Nunavut is willing to commit an equal amount, up to $17.1 million, through a combination of monetary and in-kind contributions.

Under this agreement, the Government of Nunavut will determine minimum levels of essential services to remote communities and allocate funding to air operators to ensure the continued supply of food, medical supplies, and other essential goods and services to these communities. 

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