The Rocher-Percé RCM will receive more than $ 560,000 from the federal government to maintain regional connectivity and jobs



Targeted CED support for the Gaspé regional transport ecosystem.

GRANDE-RIVIÈRE, QC, August 2, 2021 / CNW Telbec / – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

Regional air transportation is essential to local economic growth, the movement of goods and the connectivity of Canadians across the country. The pandemic has had a major impact on regional air transport ecosystems, affecting local communities and businesses from coast to coast.

Launched in March 2021, the government of from Canada The Regional Air Transport Initiative (RATI) supports access to air transport and regional ecosystems. It helps maintain existing air links and helps ensure that regional airports remain operational and are able to continue to contribute to the regions’ economic growth, while adapting to new post-COVID-19 realities and requirements.

New roads planned to serve the Gaspé Peninsula

With this in mind, the Honorable Diane Lebouthillier, Member of Parliament for Gaspésie – Les ÃŽles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue, acting on behalf of the Honorable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages ​​and Minister responsible for DEC, today announced that the government of Canada intends to endow the Rocher-Percé RCM (regional county municipality) with a $ 563,195 non-refundable contribution for its airport, which plays a key role in the region’s economic development, including tourism.

With a total investment of $ 938,659, this project will allow the development of solutions aimed at improving connectivity in the Gaspé, in particular by installing new roads, to remain in service even in winter; it will also lead to the creation of three jobs. The project includes the acquisition of an aircraft de-icing and anti-icing truck and a wheel loader.

Founded in 1986, Rocher-Percé airport is operated and maintained by the Rocher-Percé MRC. Located in Grande-Rivière, 35 km from the city of Percé, the airport serves the entire MRC. It manages up to 600 aircraft movements and more than 2,000 passengers per year. The airport has a terminal, sells fuel, and provides long-term storage and parking services. Following a major investment in 2020, the airport now has a runway that can accommodate larger planes such as Boeing 737s.

Regional air transport is essential to the economic development of communities and businesses around the world. Canada. Connecting Canadians living in rural and remote communities with urban centers is essential; deliver Canadian products to world markets; and welcoming international visitors to all parts of the country, once it can be done safely.


“The crisis of the past year has been difficult for all of us, and for our regional airports in particular. Percé airport, key to the economic development of our beautiful Gaspé, has definitely been hit hard. of from Canada priorities is to ensure the prosperity of communities. I am therefore delighted that we are supporting the Rocher-Percé RCM which, thanks to our financial assistance, will be able to maintain its airport operations and improve airport infrastructure. This is great news for the people of the region. ”

The Honorable Diane Lebouthillier, Member of Parliament for Gaspésie – Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue

“Our plan to rebuild a stronger, more resilient economy includes better air connectivity in all regions. We must therefore protect our regional air transport systems. They are essential for healthy and inclusive economic growth; they employ thousands of workers and many businesses. and communities rely on them. Our government is there to support them in these difficult times, for us, it is more than important, it is fundamental.

The Honorable Mélanie Joly, Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages ​​and Minister responsible for CED

Fast facts

  • The RATI, administered by the regional development agencies (ADR), has a national budget of $ 206 million.
  • The Initiative supports regional air ecosystems, which include regional air carriers and airports, as well as SMEs and non-profit organizations, in the development and implementation of enhanced services for improved regional connectivity.
  • The funding announced today is conditional on the signing of a contribution agreement between CED and the Rocher-Percé RCM.
  • The RATI supplements the measures implemented by Transport Canada.

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SOURCE Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

For further information: Media relations: Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, [email protected]; Catherine Mounier-Desrochers, press secretary, Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, [email protected]



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