West Kootenay Regional Airport Receives $6 Million Grant

City of Castlegar
By City of Castlegar
April 17th, 2023

City of Castlegar is pleased to share the news that the West Kootenay Regional Airport has received a $6 million grant from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Strategic Priorities Fund through the Government of Canada’s Canada Community-Building Fund. Find the official announcement attached and online here.

The grant will be used to renovate and expand the West Kootenay Regional Airport terminal building to accommodate larger aircraft and more passengers and improve parking, airport access, and the overall passenger experience.

“This $6 million investment is great news for the West Kootenay Regional Airport and our region,” says City of Castlegar Mayor, Maria McFaddin. “In 2021, the City invested $1 million to improve airport reliability and this grant creates an opportunity to continue making improvements which will connect people with the places they want to go and come from, position the airport as a comprehensive service centre, and stimulate regional economic growth.”

The total project is estimated at $13.4 million. The $6 million grant allows the City to expedite actions from the West Kootenay Regional Airport Master Plan which outlines growth for the next 20 years and sets how the City will manage and operate the airport safely, securely, and efficiently, while maximizing revenue.

The City would like to acknowledge the generous financial contribution from the federal and provincial governments. The Strategic Priorities Fund supports municipal government infrastructure and capacity-building projects that are either large in scale, regional in impact or innovative, and align with the program objectives of productivity and economic growth, a clean environment and strong cities and communities.


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