June 22, 2021 Ottawa Transport Canada
The global COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for Northern and remote communities that depend on supply chains remaining intact for the delivery of essential goods and services, medical care and transportation needs in their communities. As the pandemic evolves, the Government of Canada continues to work with partners, including provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous communities and the air industry, to address the unique needs of these communities.
Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Northern Affairs, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, and the Minister of Finance for the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Honourable Caroline Wawzonek, and Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, announced that the Government of Canada is providing an additional $12.5 million to the Government of the Northwest Territories to continue the support of essential air services for remote communities in the Northwest Territories.
The funding announced today is in addition to the $17.1 million provided to the Government of the Northwest Territories in 2020 to maintain essential air services to remote communities.
This financial contribution will help maintain minimum levels of air transportation services to remote communities in the Northwest Territories to ensure continued access to essential goods and services, including community resupply of food and medical supplies.
The Government of Canada will continue to work collaboratively with provinces and territories to ensure essential transportation and supply chains for Northern and remote communities are protected for the health, safety and well-being of all Canadians.