Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport’s air cargo operations are to get a boost as it will have C$30.4 million invested in infrastructure.
The investment will see construction of a 13,000 square metre cargo logistics facility which will include space for cold storage and perishable commodities, live animal handling, expanded air cargo capacity, and additional space for aircraft.
This will benefit producers in multiple industries, particularly e-commerce, agricultural livestock, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and aerospace, which require the specialised storage space it will provide. It will also improve the efficiency and affordability of air resupply out of Winnipeg for remote and Northern communities.
The investment is being poured in to grow the capacity at the gateway and help move Canadian goods to international markets more efficiently.
The airport is a key transportation hub for central Canada, the Canadian North, and for Canada’s international trade flows.
This project, financed by the Government of Canada and the Winnipeg Airports Authority, will also provide wide-ranging economic and trade benefits for Canadian producers in the region by offering additional export capacity for commodities that would otherwise be exported via US transportation hubs.
The project will also improve accessibility and affordability of goods in Canadian remote and Northern communities.
Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau said: “Our government is investing in Canada’s economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors.
“We are supporting projects to efficiently move goods to market and people to their destinations, stimulate economic growth, create quality middle-class jobs, and ensure that Canada’s transportation networks remain competitive and efficient.”