The Prince George Airport is one of six in Canada leased on government land. That means they have no access to the Airport Capital Assistance Program, and have had to independently cover maintenance costs. The Airport has been pushing for federal funding for years, but now the issue is being fought from two fronts. The Prince George Chamber of Commerce; in partnership with the other five airports, led a policy resolution at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM in Regina. In the resolution were specific recommendations including increasing ACAP funding for all eligible airports, implementing a more transparent application process and revising ACAP requirements to include the six small NAS airports. It passed; with 97% in favour. P.G. Chamber of Commerce C.E.O., Christie Ray, says “We were really keen on getting involved in this, and thought that we could help try and lend that chamber weight to the problem.”
Through their relationships with federal ministers, the Canadian Chamber will address the issue head-on.