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9/29/2014 Media Release
Federal Funding Needed to Support Victoria Harbour Airport


MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Federal Funding Needed to Support Victoria Harbour Airport

September 29, 2014 – Victoria, BC – Victoria’s Harbour Airport is the last aerodrome in Canada owned by the federal government. The Chamber’s Ensuring Viability and Safety in Our National Airport System policy addresses the need for the federal government to invest funds for the successful divesture of remaining Transport Canada owned airports where appropriate. Transport Canada has indicated a desire to divest itself of the harbour aerodrome but has no funding. This policy requests an allocation of funding to the divestiture initiative.

“It is essential for communities to have certainty over air transportation, as well as affordable long-term sustainability,” said Bruce Carter, CEO of The Chamber.

“The Victoria Harbour aerodrome is the only aerodrome in the country yet to be divested. The aerodrome, like all the remaining airports, has unique needs. It is important that divestiture, if practicable, be managed to ensure that economic, environmental, and safety objectives are achieved. The harbour airport is a key economic asset to the region and we want to ensure its long-term viability and safety and are asking the federal government to allocate the appropriate funding for this.”

The Chamber celebrated this policy win at the Canadian Chamber AGM held in Charlottetown, PEI this past weekend. The policies address issues that are of significant importance to the business community and were endorsed by over 300 chamber delegates from across the country as national policy.

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, with over 1,500 members, is the voice of business for the Greater Victoria region and has received Accreditation with Distinction from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

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Additional information:

Ensuring Viability and Safety in Our National Airport System

For more information contact:
Janet Crocker
Policy and Communications Manager
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
Email: jcrocker@victoriachamber.ca
Phone: (250) 360-3476

Bruce Carter
CEO
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
Email:: bcarter@victoriachamber.ca
Phone: (250)360-3470

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