New funding for critical infrastructure projects at Toronto Pearson
Toronto Pearson International Airport is to receive funding from the Government of Canada to help with COVID-19 pandemic recovery and to maintain safety, security, and connectivity for all.
Credit: Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ)
As Canada works towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, investments in the airport infrastructure continue to be crucial to maintain safety, security, and connectivity for travellers, workers and communities. Government of Canada investments also help ensure Canada’s aviation industry is well-positioned to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
The Minister Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced new funding to help Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support continued air services and important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.
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And, an Air Canada-operated humanitarian special cargo flight, on behalf of Airlink and other aid organisations, departed Toronto Pearson International Airport for Ukrainian refugees Warsaw, Poland.
The airport will receive more than $142 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Programme to:
- Rehabilitate airfield pavement
- Develop and install new check-in, boarding, and border clearance systems
- Enable COVID-19 testing and screening of passengers and employees, and
- Carry out technical studies and concept design work for a proposed connection between the airport and the future extension of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit line.
The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport commented: “As we move forward with the safe and gradual return of activity in the aviation sector in a way that continues to support the health, safety, and security of all Canadians, it will be imperative that we maintain a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector. These critical investments will allow the Toronto Pearson International Airport to invest in the infrastructure and tools needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and to allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel.”
“This investment in Toronto Pearson infrastructure will better position us to create the airport that Canada needs as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic – one that supports supply chains, trade, jobs and economic development in sustainable and innovative ways,” added Deborah Flint, President & CEO Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA).