Iqaluit company awarded $46M contract for new hangar
Transport Canada announces Pilitak Enterprises Ltd. as the winning bidder
Transport Canada has awarded an Iqaluit-based company a contract worth nearly $46 million to build a new National Aerial Surveillance Program aircraft hangar at Iqaluit’s airport.
It announced Tuesday that construction company Pilitak Enterprises Ltd. is the winning bidder.
The project will enable local training and job opportunities during the project’s construction over the next 18 months, the announcement said.
The National Aerial Surveillance Program was created in 1991. It uses a small fleet of planes to detect Canadian marine habitat pollution such as oil spills and also tracks whale migrations in order to help protect them from marine traffic.
The program also plays a secondary role in police investigations, search and rescue missions and national security.
In addition to the four bright-red Dash 8 and Dash 7 planes in its fleet, the program uses drones and satellites as a part of its environmental monitoring.
The National Aerial Surveillance Program is a branch of Canada’s Ocean Protections Plan.