Quebec targets $90M to renovate airports in Nunavik

Seven airports in Nunavik to see work under plan for upgrades all across the province

Kuujjuaraapik’s airport will be the site of one of nine projects that are part of a $90-million spending commitment announced Tuesday by the Quebec government. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

The Quebec government has committed close to $90 million to upgrade the airport network in Nunavik.

Over the next two years, airports in Akulivik, Kangiqsujuaq, Kuujjuarapik, Puvirnituq, Salluit, Tasiujaq and Umiujaq will be renovated, the government announced Tuesday in a news release.

That funding for Nunavik is part of a plan to spend $7.7 billion province-wide to ensure efficiency and security for transport networks across Quebec, said Transport Minister Geneviève Guilbault.

For Nunavik, the spending will support nine projects:

  • The largest is in Puvirnituq, where between $25 million and $50 million is earmarked for renovation of the airport runway and its fenced sections.
  • Salluit will see combined spending of between $15 million and $30 million to complete two projects. One is to renovate the runway, the other is to replace culverts on the access road leading to the airport.
  • Kuujjuaraapik will see $10 million to $25 million spent for the demolition of its airport hangar.
  • Akulivik and Umijuaq airports will each receive between $5 million and $10 million. Akulivik is set to receive a renovated runway and the access road that leads to the airport, while Umiujaq is earmarked to get surveillance cameras and upgrades to the airport’s electrotechnical systems.
  • Airports in Kangiqsujuaq and Tasiujaq will each see between $1 million and $5 million worth of work done.
  • In Kangiqsujuaq, the runway will be renovated and visual aids for navigation will be replaced. Work in Tasiujaq will involve renovating the bridge on the road to the airport.

In the news release, Ungava MLA Denis Lamothe said, “In the Nunavik region, airports play a crucial role to the health and security of its inhabitants. These investments are strategically aiming to improve services in the region.”

Calls for tenders for these projects are scheduled to be launched in 2024 and 2025, the release said.

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(5) Comments:

  1. Posted by Confused on

    More security screening is needed most.

  2. Posted by Eskimo Joe©️ on

    Invest in a highway network and give us freedom from the airline that claims to be the inuit lifeline.

    • Posted by John on

      Yo. Roads won’t help Nunavik. They’ll take 20 years to build and that doesn’t include a charging network, fuel stations etc.

      Traveling the James Bay highway is no joke. Traveling a Nunavik highway would be grueling.

      I would however be the first to try and sell a “I drove to Nunavik, and all I got was this crappy t-shirt”.

      My resumes ready Nunavik Tourism Association!

      • Posted by SARCASM on

        I remember , in the 70s and 80s, reading Popular Mechanic about flying cars, still hoping to fishing all over nunavik.

        • Posted by John on

          If Nunavik gets it’s highway, Reno loses it’s claim to fame.

          Aupaluk becomes the world’s littlest big town.

          Quaqtaq could finally get it’s Joel Osteen Church.


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