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Feds support essential air access to remote communities


January 27, 2021
By Helicopters Staff


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Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra and Rob Fleming, British Columbia Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, announced a new agreement with the Government of British Columbia to support essential air access to remote communities in the province.

“While we continue to work together to limit the spread of COVID-19, we must also ensure remote communities continue to have the air connectivity they need for essential goods and services, travel and business. This agreement with the Government of British Columbia will allow for reliable air services to keep remote communities in British Columbia connected to the rest of the country,” said Alghabra, in a statement.

The Government of Canada is contributing up to $2,176,000 for air services to remote communities to cover the period of July 1 to December 31, 2020.

Under this agreement, the Government of British Columbia allocates the funding to air operators to ensure the continued supply of food, medical supplies, and other essential goods and services to these communities. The B.C. Aviation Council is providing guidance to the Government of British Columbia on the allocation of the funds.

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“We know that COVID-19 continues to have a profound impact on many of our sectors, including the aviation sector. We would like to thank the Government of Canada for their contribution which will help smaller air carriers through these difficult times, and help support essential access to smaller, remote communities,” added Fleming.