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Thompson Regional Airport

Sector(s)
Trade & Transportation, Indigenous Infrastructure
Location(s)
Thompson, Manitoba
Participation
$52 million (financial close)
Partner(s)
Thompson Regional Airport Authority

Redeveloping transportation lifeline critical to Indigenous and remote communities in northern Manitoba

Airport provides essential passenger and cargo services to 37 northern and remote communities.

Fast facts

Serving 15 remote Indigenous communities with limited transportation options
Provides critical services to a catchment area, serving 65,000 people
Long-term solution resilient to the impacts of climate change

We are partnering with the Thompson Regional Airport Authority to finance the redevelopment of the Thompson Regional Airport.

The project supports the region’s cargo and passenger travel needs, ensuring Indigenous and remote communities in northern Manitoba and western Nunavut will continue to have access to critical goods and services, including retail trade, medical, social, educational and fire suppression.

The redevelopment includes the following: replacement of the existing air terminal building, extension of sewer lines from the new building to an expanded lagoon; non-airside-related infrastructure such as parking lots and service roads; and airside-related infrastructure, such as new apron and taxiways.

This project represents the CIB’s first airport redevelopment infrastructure investment, and is also expected to be a future hub for critical mineral exploration.

Benefits of CIB Involvement

Through the Indigenous Community Infrastructure Initiative (ICII), we are investing in projects which provide a service or direct benefit to Indigenous communities. The CIB’s loan will enable the redevelopment of the airport, ensuring the needs of the Indigenous communities who rely on the airport are met.

Absent CIB financing and other government support, the existing airport terminal building would eventually be made inoperable due to climate change.

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Inside of the redeveloped Thompson airport terminal
Rendering of lobby at redeveloped Thompson airport
Rendering of check in at redeveloped Thompson airport
Rendering of new baggage claim area at redeveloped Thompson airport
Rendering of Thompson Regional Airport exterior
Rendering of Thompson Regional Airport exterior 2
Government of Canada

The Thompson Regional Airport is critical to the economic resilience and well being of Indigenous communities in northern Manitoba and western Nunavut. The redevelopment of the airport is essential to their quality of life, and for increasing economic and business opportunities in the region. I am proud that with the support of the CIB and Infrastructure Canada announced today, northern citizens will continue to have access to a reliable, modern air transportation service for years to come.

Hon. Sean Fraser
Government of Manitoba

Airport services are critical for northern Manitoban communities. This redevelopment project is an important step in ensuring Thompson, an economic hub in northern Manitoba, continues to have access to passenger and cargo transportation. We are pleased to support this project, and the Manitoba Government will continue to work in collaboration with all levels of government and communities to make sure northern Manitobans have access to the services they need.

Hon. Lisa Naylor
Keewatin Tribal Council

It is my privilege on behalf of the 11 Nations of Keewatin Tribal Council, and as a founding member of the TRAA, to acknowledge and witness this project come to fruition. This project represents a major achievement not only for the City of Thompson but the entire region. Collaborating with the CIB and the Province of Manitoba has been instrumental in securing funds to re-develop the airport infrastructure which will have an enormous impact on the quality of life for all residents within the region. This infrastructure will serve the region for accessibility to health care, goods and services, justice, education, sports and recreation.

Grand Chief Walter Wastesicoot
City of Thompson

Thompson is the Hub of the North, serving a region of 65,000 people. Northern Manitobans rely on the Thompson Regional Airport to travel to and from the City of Thompson for work, education, shopping, tourism and health care. This historic investment in important northern infrastructure is great news for the airport, for Thompson and for the north.

Mayor Colleen Smook
Thompson Regional Airport Authority

This is a historic event that will leave a lasting legacy in northern Manitoba. The support provided by the Canada Infrastructure Bank, the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund and the Province of Manitoba shows a significant commitment to ensuring Thompson remains a regional hub for the economic and social well being of all northern citizens and will lay the foundations to look after future generations to come.

Vince Shumka, Chair
Thompson Chamber of Commerce

The Thompson Chamber of Commerce, supported by its members, know of the opportunities that exist throughout northern Manitoba and the northern territories. The new airport terminal building at the Thompson Regional Airport will create an even brighter future facilitating the flow of freight, passengers and tourists as well as improving the accessibility and image of the entire north. Thank you to the Canada Infrastructure Bank, the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund and the Province of Manitoba for their confidence in recognizing and supporting the future of the north.

Tom O’Brien
Community Futures North Central Development

Thompson Regional Airport is a regional asset for transportation of people, goods and services. The airport plays a vital role in medical, Justice, education, tourism and economic development for Thompson, surrounding Indigenous communities and northern Manitoba residents and visitors.

Darlene Beck, Chair