Climate Change Study Will Help the Saint John Airport Prepare for the Effects of Extreme Weather

Saint John, NB – The Government of Canada will work with the Saint John Airport to prepare for and address the effects of climate change on its infrastructure, protect airport operations and increase its resiliency following extreme weather events. 

An investment of $205,000 will be made through Transport Canada’s Transportation Asset Risks Assessment program. Member of Parliament for Saint John-Rothesay Wayne Long and Airport President and CEO Derrick Stanford made the announcement today.  

“We’ve worked hard over the last few years to expand and enhance the services we offer our community; progress that extreme weather could swiftly curtail,” YSJ President and CEO Derrick Stanford said. “The Government of Canada’s investment recognizes the risk of climate change and will allow us to prepare now, preventing possible future tolls on our infrastructure, productivity and economy.” 

The project aims to research and analyze the Saint John Airport’s current and future risks and vulnerabilities to climate hazards. The acquisition and analysis of this baseline data and climate change predictions will allow the Airport to a establish a risk catalogue, develop metrics, identify hazard risk thresholds, and create GIS figures of established and future vulnerabilities that may be impacted by climate change. 

“We’re particularly interested in mitigating the effects of increased episodes of freezing rain, as the temperatures hover around the freezing mark much more than they used to, plus a host of other climate change factors that pose risk to the ongoing operations of the airport,” Stanford said. 

Transport Canada’s Transportation Asset Risks Assessment program is a national initiative that will assess the impacts of the changing climate on key federal transportation links such as bridges, ports and airports, and provide information that can be integrated into asset management and infrastructure investment plans throughout Canada. 

“The Government of Canada recognizes the important role infrastructure plays in supporting jobs, and expanding trade. Through Transport Canada’s Transportation Assets Risk Assessment initiative, we are helping local communities increase the accessibility of travelers while supporting the growth regional economies,” said The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.

“Taking action to protect our infrastructure from the effects of climate change is critical because our communities depend on transportation. The project that the Saint John Airport will undertake will help us understand the climate change risks and improve the resilience of our local infrastructure,” said Wayne Long, MP for Saint-John Rothesay. 

The project has begun and is expected to be completed by the end of March, 2020. Findings will be shared with the community.

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About the Saint John Airport:

The Saint John Airport Inc. (YSJ) is a not-for-profit corporation proudly serving the air travel needs of the residents of southwestern New Brunswick. The airport is a key element in the economic and social development of Greater Saint John – i.e. its economic impact is estimated at $68.7 million with more than 480 jobs created directly and indirectly. Growth at the Saint John Airport (YSJ) means the continued economic growth of our region. All revenue is reinvested in operations and facilities on-site. 

For more information, contact:
Derrick Stanford, President and CEO
(506) 644-8607
dstanford@sjairport.ca

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