Small Ontario Air Carriers to Get Nearly $30M in Government Support

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Sachigo Lake Airport. Photo credit: BartMedes.

The Government of Canada is contributing $11.1 million for air services to remote communities to cover the period of 01JUL to 31DEC, 2020, while the Government of Ontario is investing $14.2 million to operate remote airports in 2020/21, including an additional $4 million this year to ensure continued safe operations during the pandemic.

Under the agreement, Ontario will allocate funding to air operators to ensure the continued supply of food, medical supplies to remote communities. Small air carriers play an essential role in connecting these communities with essential goods and services. 

"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 Ontario will allow for reliable air services to keep remote communities in Ontario connected to the rest of the country,” said Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra.

Additional funding could be provided and will depend on the needs of communities and the pace of recovery of air travel into remote communities.

Remote communities are those that rely on air service as the only year-round mode of transportation. There are 34 remote communities in Northern Ontario, 28 of which do not have year-round road access and rely on small commercial air carriers for essential services and goods.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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