event2
masthead
coverWinter2012

Summer 2017 Features:

National Mining Week

.............................................

Biomaterials are
ripe for innovation

.............................................

Air Service in the
Mid-Canada Region

............................................

Saskatchewan, Manitoba
top jurisdictions worldwide for mining investment

 

 

Mining was a major factor in the creation of Canada’s aviation (or air service/transportation) industry. Back in the 1930s and ‘40s, prospectors and mine developers were the chief customers of chartered air services being offered by bush pilots, and airlines carried the supplies and equipment needed to grow prospects into working mines. The air service industry grew accordingly. Today, air service is returning the favour by serving as the lifeline to remote communities and exploration and mining companies plying their trade in Canada’s North.

Airlines and the infrastructure required to support them (airports) are vital to northern Canadians. Year-round roads are limited in the North, and when winter roads aren’t available, air transportation is the only way in and out of many remote communities.

Despite the recent downturn, mining is one of the most important economic drivers in Canada’s north; and air service is essential for delivering oversized cargo to remote mining and exploration sites, and for the movement of crews and supplies. As the economy in the north grows, so will demand for air services.

Forestry has also shown that it depends on air service. Provincial and territorial governments attempt to minimize the number of resources destroyed by forest fires, and rely heavily on air transportation to move fire crews, equipment, fuel and supplies. They also use specialized aircraft to suppress forest fires.

Click here to view the airlines flying the skies in our Mid-Canada region (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northern Ontario and Canada's three territories).

Back to Top

bottom