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Upgrades Infrastructure at Parry Sound Airport

Upgrades Infrastructure at Parry Sound Airport

Help create jobs and promote economic development

TOWNSHIP OF SEGUIN ~~~~~~ February 4, 2021  (LSN)  The Ontario government is providing $5 million to help expand the runway and increase the number of business park lots at the Parry Sound and Area Municipal Airport. The investment will create jobs and promote economic development in the Township of Seguin.

"By making these types of investments we are laying the foundation for our economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic," said Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario. "Individuals, families and businesses in Parry Sound have been struggling, and this airport expansion will help by attracting more investment, creating jobs and bolstering the local economy."

The runway extension will increase airport capacity and accommodate larger aircraft, enabling more passenger and cargo transportation. The additional airside lots in the neighbouring airport business park will attract new companies to the area and help local businesses to expand and create more jobs.

"I want to offer my sincere congratulations to Mayor MacDiarmid and the airport commission and management on their success," said Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka. "This project will exponentially expand the economic development potential of the airport and the industrial park. Previous expansions have brought more jobs and have been an economic boon to the entire region. All of this is a great credit to the management of the airport. I want to thank Premier Ford and Minister Rickford for their support and efforts on behalf of the region."

The airport enhancements and infrastructure upgrades will create easier access to essential services for more than 30 communities and First Nations in the area.

"Through this targeted investment in the Township of Seguin, our government, alongside the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, is helping build long-term economic resilience in Parry Sound and the surrounding region," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. "This project will help retain and attract new business to the Parry Sound area as the community continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic."

Since June 2018, Ontario has contributed $5,495,000 towards the airport's business park expansion project, which has helped attract new private sector investments to the community.

"Seguin Township is delighted to continue the longstanding partnership with the Province to help build essential and important transportation and economic infrastructure for our region," said Ann MacDiarmid, Mayor of Seguin.

"On behalf of the airport commission members and staff I would like to thank Premier Ford, Minister Rickford along with the NOHFC Board, and, of course, MPP Norm Miller for recognizing the efforts of this airport to become an economic driver in the Parry Sound area," said Ingrid Muller, Chair, Parry Sound and Area Municipal Airport Commission. "It is great to see all the hard work coming to fruition and it will be exciting to be a part of the positive impacts this will bring to the entire area as we move into the future."

Funding for the airport project is being delivered through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). The corporation promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects - big and small, rural and urban - that stimulate recovery, growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested over $262 million in 2,549 projects throughout Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.1 billion in investment and creating or sustaining 4,771 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • The Parry Sound and Area Municipal Airport was registered in 1979 and the runway was last extended in 1985.
  • Sixteen businesses are located at the airport’s business park, employing approximately 85 people.
  • The airport is also used as a refueling stop for air ambulances, Hydro One, OPP and search and rescue aircraft.
  • The Ontario government is set to launch a new and improved NOHFC program that will support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The program will target both existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the north.

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