February News
Budget 2018 Addresses Strong Air Traveller Growth Demand for Screening, Border Services

Canada's airports are pleased with the federal government's allocation of $236 million in additional funding to support airport security screening. The funds will help the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) manage increased passenger volumes over the coming year.

However, airports expect wait times to continue to be long at screening during peak travel periods until permanent reforms can be introduced to how the service is funded and delivered.
"CATSA plays an essential role in safeguarding the safety of passengers in Canada's skies. Traveller volumes were up 6.3 per cent last year and these funds will support CATSA operations over the busy months to come," said Daniel-Robert Gooch, the president of the Canadian Airports Council (CAC). "There is growing appreciation in Canada that we can do a better job in moving passengers more efficiently and with a more positive overall passenger experience. We look forward to engaging h government on meaningful permanent reforms to CATSA in the coming months."
While the Air Travellers Security Charge paid by every Canadian air traveller is designed to cover the costs associated with Canada's aviation security system, the federal budget each year determines how much of this money CATSA gets to perform its essential mandate. The federal crown corporation is responsible for screening at 89 airports, including Canada's biggest commercial airports.
Daniel-Robert Gooch 
A nimbler approach to funding the service is needed so that CATSA can deliver an improved service level standard amid continued strong traffic growth and an ever evolving security threat. Canada's airports and major air carriers have submitted to Transport Minister Marc Garneau a service level recommendation that would see 95 per cent of originating passengers at the eight largest airports screened in under 10 minutes, even quicker standards for connecting passengers, and with no passenger waiting more than 20 minutes.
Funding for Border Services
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is another important partner of Canada's airports. Budget 2018 provides CBSA with $85 million in additional funding in 2018-19 to continue existing operations in support of the agency's mandate. This is in addition to $173.2 million over five years to help government manage irregular migration at the border.
"Canada's airports saw tremendous growth in international traffic in the past year - with double digit growth in some markets. CBSA has worked closely with airports to manage the increased volume in travellers through joint investments in kiosks and travel flow improvements that improve the travel experience," said Gooch. "These funds will help CBSA and airports continue this important work."
The budget also allocates $81.4 million over five years and $14 million per year ongoing for CBSA, Public Safety Canada and Transport Canada to enhance the Passenger Protect Program.   

PortsToronto Releases 2017 Sustainability Report

PortsToronto's third annual 2017 Sustainability Report, released on March 1, 2018, provides details on sustainable practices, investments and initiatives that protect the environment, support the community, and grow Toronto's economy. 
"In this third annual report, we continue to build upon the str o ng foundations and goals we have set for ourselves while also reflecting on what we can do better or differently to maximize our sustainability efforts, " said Geoffrey Wilson, chief executive officer of PortsToronto.

"By looking at our operations with respect to economic performance, community engagement and environmental protection, and reporting on areas such as noise management, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and waste management, we can ensure we are investing in the long
-term future of our organization and conducting our business with respect for the environment and the community."   
Ground Run-Up Enclosure, which helps to reduce noise at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Some of the specific initiatives in the report include:
  • Constructing a noise-dampening ground run-up enclosure at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport;
  • Continuing to choose 100 per cent green electricity across alloperations and using hybrid-electric vehicles for maintenance operations;
  • Creating new green spaces and natural habitats; and
  • Investing in organizations such as Evergreen Brickworks, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre and Ireland Park Foundation.
PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, the Outer Harbour Marina, as well as Terminals 51 and 52, which provide transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto.
Victoria International Airport Announces $19.4 Million for Terminal Expansion Plans

Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) announced in February that it is investing $19.4 million dollars over the next two years to expand its passenger departure lounge on the lower level in response to strong passenger growth.

The project includes doubling the size of the passenger lounge, providing dedicated aircraft gates and covered walkways, new washrooms

Victoria International Airport
and additional food and beverage outlets, as well as retail.

Last year, the airport saw another record year with 1.93 million passengers, up 4.2 per cent from 2016. 

"The upsizing of aircraft from 30-50 seat Dash-8's to 76-80 seat Q400's combined with passenger growth has driven the need to expand our lower passenger departure lounge," said Geoff Dickson, president and chief executive officer of the Victoria Airport Authority. "These improvements will not only improve overall safety and operations but will also enhance the airport experience for our customers by providing additional seating, new accessibility considerations and enhanced concessions."

Since transferring to a local airport authority on April 1, 1997, the airport authority has invested $175 million into the airport and is debt-free. A recent ecomomic impact study shows that the airport's total economic output is $880 million.

Halifax Stanfield International Airport partnered with the Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia to put on display a pop-up museum display featuring the history of one of Nova Scotia's founding cultures -- the African Nova Scotia community. It features information on the four major migrations of black people to the province. 

"It's an honour to partner with the Black Cultural Centre whose inspiring work helps to protect, preserve and promote the rich history and culture of African Nova Scotians," says Joyce Carter, president and chief executive officer of the Halifax International Airport Authority.

Nova Scotia has over 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities, dating back over 400 years. The Black Cultural Society for Nova Scotia was incorporated as a charitable organization in 1977. In 1983, it opened the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, a multi-level museum complex focused on protecting, promoting and preserving the important history and culture of African Nova Scotians.
Russell Grosse, executive director of the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia 

"HIAA should be commended for their corporate culture and desire to be diverse in sharing an important part of the province, or shall I say Canada's history," says Russell Grosse, executive director of the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia. "African Nova Scotians have made a significant contribution to the fabric of this country long before confederation and continue to do so today."

The Centre and Society are a provincially mandated organization supported by the province's Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.  

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