Ontario Construction News staff writer
Transport Canada will fund up to $11 million to build a new cargo facility at the Ottawa International Airport for Canadian North, the Inuit-owned airline.
Also, Canadian North will match the federal funding, bringing the total for the project to $22 million.
“It’s a good day for Ottawa International Airport and Canada’s Northern communities. With this new warehouse, Canadian North will continue its work to facilitate the movement of goods across the country, especially to the North,” said Pablo Rodriguez, minister of transport. “By handling more cargo and connecting different modes of transportation more seamlessly, we’re boosting our economy and making sure our transportation infrastructure can tackle any challenges that come our way.”
The new warehouse will reduce delays in cargo handling capacity and increase connectivity between different modes of transportation at the airport. It will expand the truck loading area and double capacity for Canadian North in Ottawa.
Environmentally friendly technologies will include expanded energy-efficient refrigeration and freezing areas to reduce waste and preserve essential goods destined for the Canadian Arctic. Also, a backup power system will ensure service continuity during severe weather events.
“Growing demand from Canada’s remote and northern communities highlights the essential role of cargo in supporting the Inuit communities and ensuring food security. Through a joint investment of $22 million, Canadian North’s new cargo facility will double its capacity in Ottawa by 2026, strengthening the vital connections between the North and the rest of Canada,” said Michael Rodyniuk, president and CEO, Canadian North.