Charlo Airport ACOA announcment
Building Stronger Communities by Supporting Development at the Charlo Regional Airport
High Speed Internet and strategic plan will grow airport’s current services and bring new opportunities to the region
February 1, 2019 – Charlo, NB – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Modern and up-to-date community infrastructure helps connect people to jobs, attracts new business, and creates economic growth. As a transportation hub serving the communities of northern New Brunswick, the Charlo Airport is well poised to increase its economic impact across the region.
That is why the Government of Canada is providing a non-repayable contribution of $56,700 to help the Charlo Regional Airport Authority acquire high-speed internet infrastructure. The Government of Canada is also providing a non-repayable contribution of $37,500 to develop a strategic plan that will identify the airport’s key strengths and opportunities for economic growth.
René Arseneault, Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), along with Stephanie Clark, CEO of the Charlo Regional Airport Authority Inc., made the announcement today.
The Government of Canada is making smart investments that will create good, middle-class jobs in our country. It is helping Atlantic Canadian communities access the tools they need to create sustainable economic growth. Support for this project is one way the Government of Canada is working to achieve its Atlantic Growth Strategy outcome of long-term economic prosperity in the region.
“The Government of Canada is investing in infrastructure today to strengthen and grow the middle class, to make Canada a better place and to build stronger communities for future generations. This project reflects our government’s commitment to create the right framework for economic growth in rural communities throughout Atlantic Canada.”
-The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA
“The Charlo Airport is a critical part of northern New Brunswick’s regional economy. It helps to keep our communities connected, vibrant and competitive, while providing essential services for the region. Helping the airport with these projects will drive local economic development, build links to the global economy and increase the airport’s ability to serve as a commercial and transportation hub for the region.”
-René Arseneault, Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche
“As a regional airport, we are grateful for our partnerships with all levels of government, which are crucial to allow us to bring economic opportunities to our region. Both initiatives will give us the tools needed to set a clear direction for development, and focus on business attraction. Our role is to develop the aviation services needed to help grow the regional economy and create opportunities for the communities that we serve.”
– Stephanie Clark, CEO of Charlo Regional Airport Authority Inc.
- The Government of Canada invested $56,700 in the high-speed internet project through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund toward this $90,000 project.
- The Innovative Communities Fund (ICF) focuses on investments that lead to long-term employment and economic capacity building in Atlantic Canadian communities.
- The Government of Canada invested $37,500 in the development of a strategic plan through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP).
- The BDP primarily assists Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs who want to start a business, increase productivity or improve operations. Investments under the BDP address any gap that may arise if an application does not fit within ACOA’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program.
- The ICF and the BDP continue to build on the objectives of the Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
CEO of Charlo Regional Airport Authority Inc.