Winnipeg Airports Authority has received an additional $19.4 million from Transport Canada through the National Trade Corridors Fund to support the redevelopment of the cargo corner of the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport campus, which includes the construction of the new Multi-Tenant Air Cargo Logistics Facility.
On December 19, the Minister of Northern Affairs, Dan Vandal, and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, Ben Carr, announced the investment on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez. The federal government initially pledged $30 million for the project in 2019.
“We’re extremely grateful for Transport Canada’s continued support, as it highlights our shared commitment to making our communities an even better place to live and work. said Nick Hays, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “While this redevelopment takes up a relatively small piece of land, the benefits it will provide for the prosperity of our community will be huge. By helping to unlock new opportunities for local companies through more efficient cargo connectivity, those who operate them will be able to grow their business at home while further investing in Manitoba’s economy.”
As the demand for cargo continues to grow, WAA is committed to strategically investing in the infrastructure our community needs to succeed and continue delivering world-class services that solidify YWG’s role as a critical cargo hub integral to Canada’s supply chain network.
The state-of-the-art, 142,500-square-foot Multi-Tenant Air Cargo Logistics Facility will help YWG’s freight partners enhance efficiencies by placing them within closer proximity of their planes, supporting quick distribution and resupply of time-sensitive goods. It will also feature cold storage capabilities and additional space to better suit operational needs.
“With today’s investment, we're improving the Winnipeg James Richardson International Airport to handle more cargo,” said Vandal. “This initiative will not only boost trade flows but also improve accessibility and affordability of goods in remote and Northern communities and help grow Manitoba’s economy.”
Minimizing environmental impacts is a priority for WAA, and we’re continuously looking for ways to enhance eco-efficiency for our airport operations. This redevelopment will work towards minimizing our environmental footprint by incorporating eco-friendly practices and a design that has sustainability in mind.
Work on the redevelopment of the cargo corner of the campus began in 2022 with extensive construction on the airfield and the demolition of the former Air Canada Cargo building at the end of Sargent Avenue. The next phase of the project is scheduled to kick off in April, with construction starting on our new Multi-Tenant Air Cargo Logistics Facility.