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The Community Airport Partnership (CAP) program is an initiative to provide eligible airports with stable, long-term financial assistance to improve infrastructure.

1. Guidance

Community airports use CAP funding for safety related improvements such as upgrades to runways, taxiways, as well as lighting and navigational systems.


2. Eligibility

Approved projects receive 50 per cent of the eligible cost to an annual maximum of $275,000. Approved projects are subject to the annual budget cycle.

Eligible airports:
  • Support economic development
  • Provide general access to surrounding communities
  • Provide air ambulance services
  • Support commercial operations and aviation safety

Priority is typically given to safety-related air-side capital improvement projects, such as the rehabilitation of runway, taxiway and apron, along with existing lighting and navigational/weather reporting systems.  

Consideration will also be given to extensions to existing runways where benefits can be documented for safety, regional economic and social development reasons. Secondary runways and secondary taxiways may also be considered but will not be given a high priority.

Program requirements may evolve over time. The current priority will be given to safety-related air-side capital improvement projects, such as the rehabilitation of runways, taxiways and aprons, along with existing lighting and navigational/weather reporting systems.

Typical projects would include pavement rehabilitation, slurry seals, overlays, GPS approach designs and AWOS (Automated Weather Observing System). As well, security fencing around an airport will be considered eligible for safety reasons.

Consideration will also be given to extensions of existing runways where benefits can be documented for safety, regional economic and social development reasons. Secondary runways and taxiways may be submitted, however, they will be considered as a lower priority.

Eligible projects could also include engineering services which will provide technical measures needed to improve the airport infrastructure.

Examples of engineering services may include pavement condition assessments and pavement load ratings, detailed construction specifications, site surveys, detailed plan drawings, geo-technical testing and other services which will provide the necessary information to the community to make airport improvement decisions.

Projects must meet acceptable engineering standards and may be subject to environmental approval from appropriate agencies.

•    All buildings, including terminals and storage areas/sheds
•    Aviation fuel tanks
•    Development areas and access roads
•    Government Sales Tax (GST)
•    New water and sewer, power and utility installation or upgrading of existing utilities
•    Operating and normal routine maintenance with the possible exceptions of crack sealing and line painting
•    Land acquisition with the possible exemption of land required for runway extensions
•    Equipment purchase and leases
•    Municipal administration and supervision expenses
•    Volunteer contributions – labour, materials, etc.
•    Retroactive engineering studies, airport renovations or any other capital expenditures prior to project approval
•    Projects that have been approved for federal or other provincial funding

3. How To Apply

All applicants must submit an application by Friday, March 31, 2017.  Applications received after this date will not be eligible.

The application should contain the following:
  • Condition assessment of the infrastructure
  • Economic and social benefits, including potential regional impacts, of the project
  • Description of the work
  • Estimate of costs and timing of project

The following is provided as a guide for information that must be included in an application.
  • Airport name location
  • Airport name
  • Contact name and title
  • Phone
  • Fax
  • Email
Airport characteristics
  • Certified or registered status
  • Runway dimensions (feet)
  • Surface type
  • Surface condition
  • Navigation aids
  • Lighting
  • Type of aircraft accommodated
  • Other

Airport users and frequency

Indicate estimated users and frequency. Users could include business charter recreation, air ambulance, police, crop sprayers, etc.

Project proposal

  • Economic, social and other benefits to the community and the region the airport serves
  • Summary description of project and attach plan(s) details separately
  • Environment statement if required
  • Overall need and justification for the project

Project funding

  • Total estimated project cost cash requirements, in-kind contributions
  • Letter indicating your commitment to fund 50 per cent of the cost, including partnerships with neighbouring municipalities and local business and the amounts they will contribute
  • Amount of funding requested from the program
  • Recognition of the municipality being responsible for the GST
*The application should not exceed 10 pages.

4. Apply

To submit an application or assistance with the application, please contact: 

Alan Hill, Senior Program Advisor
Community Airport Partnership (CAP) Program
1100 - 1855 Victoria Ave.
Regina, SK
S4P 3T2

Please email applications by March 31, 2017. Applications received after that date will not be eligible.

5. Further Information

Applications will be reviewed to ensure they meet acceptable engineering and environmental standards. The applicant must notify the ministry of any changes to the project cost or scope as soon as possible. The applicant is responsible for any additional costs exceeding the approved project funding.

Review Process

The evaluation and ranking of projects will be completed by an independent review panel consisting of representatives from the Saskatchewan Aviation Council (SAC) and operations specialists from the Regina Airport Authority (RAA), the Saskatoon Airport Authority (SAA) and the ministry. The panel will prioritize projects through an objective consensual process. Preference will be given to communities who partner with other communities and businesses.

The prioritized projects will then receive final ministry approval in April 2017. Once a project has been approved, the applicant will be expected to enter into a contribution agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan.

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