Feds fund new cargo facility for Canadian North Airlines at Ottawa airport

The federal government is investing up to $11 million in a new cargo facility for Inuit-owned airline Canadian North at the Ottawa International Airport.

Pictured left to right: Shelly De Caria (Vice President Canadian North, Sales, Marketing & Distribution), Steve Rochon (Duty Supervisor, Cargo Customer Service Canadian North), Michael Rodyniuk (President & CEO, Canadian North), Reg Vanleyen (Maintenance Supervisor, Canadian North), Nathaniel Miler (Cargo Attendant, Canadian North), David McGuinty (Member of Parliament for Ottawa South), The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez (Minister of Transport), and Aaron Speer (Vice President, Flight Operations Canadian North)

This warehouse will be located on the grounds of Ottawa International Airport and will reduce delays in cargo handling capacity and increase connectivity between different modes of transportation at the airport.

For example, the project would expand the truck loading area, where queues have created congestion. The project will double the capacity for Canadian North in Ottawa, the government said.

“Growing demand from Canada’s remote and northern communities highlights the essential role of cargo in supporting the Inuit communities and ensuring food security,” said Canadian North’s CEO, Michael Rodyniuk. “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.”

The new facility will adopt environmentally friendly technologies and expand energy-efficient refrigeration and freezing areas to reduce waste and preserve essential goods destined for the Canadian Arctic.

The facility will also have a backup power system to ensure service continuity during severe weather events.

Canadian North is a 100 per cent Inuit-owned airline delivering goods throughout Canada’s North. CThe airline services 25 communities in the Northwest Territories, Nunavik and Nunavut, as well as Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton.