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Community Airport Program

The Community Airport Program (CAP) provides funding assistance to community-owned, public-use airports for their rehabilitation and construction requirements. There are some 72 paved community airports across the province. Complementing these community airports are regional and federal airports, including the local Calgary and Edmonton Regional Airport Authorities which are responsible for several small airports (including Springbank and Cooking Lake).

Community airports are considered a necessary part of their transportation infrastructure and provide access to communities for resource industry, medical, tourism and personal travel.

Alberta Transportation's overall goal is to maintain and protect the existing network of public-use community airports to support safe airport operations, general aviation operations and commercial air charters, forest fire suppression, medevac operations, local and regional economic development, and protection of provincial investment in airports.

Institutions eligible for funding under CAP are Alberta cities, towns, villages, summer villages, municipal districts, specialized municipalities, Métis Settlements, airport commissions, and the Special Areas that own/operate recognized eligible community airports.

Funding Policy

$2 million in CAP funding has been allocated for 2017-18. For approved projects, cost-shared funding will be provided on a 75 per cent provincial/25 per cent municipal basis. For existing community airports, eligible projects include runway lighting (new) and major capital rehabilitation of the airside portion of the airport, specifically the aircraft operating areas such as the primary runway, apron, and primary taxiway from main/terminal apron to runways.  Typical projects would be the installation or improvement of runway lighting and pavement rehabilitation, including fog seals, slurry seals, and overlays.  Consideration will be given to runway extensions where benefits can be demonstrated in terms of the overall goals of this component, where budget is available, and where beneficiaries provide a significant financial contribution to the project. For runway extensions, this component will provide up to 1/3 funding, with the municipality and industry funding 1/3 each.

Click here to view or download STIP application guidelines, including CAP.

Updated November 2016



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Contact Information

For more information, please contact your Region.