YORKTON - Yorkton is among several communities to again receive money from the province for its airport.
The Government of Saskatchewan has announced it will invest $935,000 through the Community Airport Partnership (CAP) program, supporting 11 airports. When combined with local matching dollars, this represents almost $2 million investment in airport infrastructure.
Yorkton is receiving $4,925 towards an information broadcast transmitter and friction index equipment at the airport.
Yorkton Mayor Mitch Hippsley said the money of course is welcome.
“Yorkton is very grateful to have been given $4,925 from our provincial government under the Community Airport Partnership Program,” he told Yorkton This Week. “This money is much needed to help with the purchase of broadcast transmitter and friction index equipment. The airport plays an integral part in Economic Development growth in our city. Council recognizes the benefits of keeping our airport certified and is grateful for the funding being provided.”
In a provincial release Highways Minister Fred Bradshaw noted the government dollars are invested in a variety of projects to support local airports.
"CAP is a municipal program that provides funding for the rehabilitation, construction and capital improvements of airport infrastructure for community-owned airports in Saskatchewan," he said, "These Investments go into improving things such as runway lighting, navigation systems, taxiways, runways, as well as other repairs and safety improvements."
Community and regional airports contribute to the economy by supporting vital public services like Saskatchewan's Air Ambulance, law enforcement and fire suppression.
CAP supports local airports helping to offset the costs of rehabilitation and improvements, with cost-shared grants up to a maximum of $275,000, noted the release.
Other airports to receive dollars in 2022 include:
- Big River - $40,936 - Runway edge light repairs, windsock pole, main runway and aprons rehabilitation
- Carlyle - $9,090 - Crack fill runway and tarmac
- Estevan - $34,948 - Crack sealing and line paining
- Kindersley - $46,614 - Runway lighting upgrade
- La Ronge - $133,125 - Airport drainage system maintenance
- Melfort - $256,715 - Replace underground wiring and lighting around runway, taxiway and apron
- RM of Browning (RM 34) - $35,850 - Add turn pads and pavement marking
- RM of Eldon (RM 471) - $18,582 - Crack sealing for taxiway and apron
- RM of Moosomin (RM 121) - $256,715 - Continued work on Phase 3 including new navigation system
- Weyburn - $97,500 - Taxiway repairs, crack sealing and pavement marking
Since 2007-08, the ministry has invested almost $11 million including this year's funding and more than 40 different communities and RMs have benefited from the CAP program.