Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Dryden Regional Airport is receiving $163,376 for upgrades.
“Today’s investment affirms our government’s commitment to supporting northern communities, boosting regional economic development, and improving quality of life in the North,” said Greg Rickford, minister of Northern development and Kenora–Rainy River MPP. “By working with our municipal partners, we are making drastic improvements to the Dryden Regional Airport that will benefit Northerners across the region.”
The airport also serves as headquarters for the Ontario government’s Dryden Forest Fire Management Centre, a critical hub during the forest fire season. NOHFC funding will be used to resurface the terminal floor, update the plumbing system, make the washrooms more accessible, and replace a maintenance door with a taller unit.
“This funding will allow us to not only improve the airport’s mechanical systems but also enhance the overall experience for travelers and tenants with the refinishing of the flooring and the renovation of the public washrooms in the terminal,” said Dryden Mayor Jack Harrison. “The NOHFC’s support is a testament to their commitment to the growth and development of our community, and we extend our gratitude for their assistance in making projects like this possible in Dryden.”
The NOHFC provides financial assistance to projects that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 jobs.