NAV CANADA announces a $170 million investment in infrastructure

- Ottawa, Canada.

Twenty years ago, on November 1, 1996, a newly created not-for-profit company called NAV CANADA became the owner and operator of the country’s civil air navigation system. The private sector company assumed responsibility from the federal government for providing air traffic control, airport advisory and flight information services.

The Company plans to increase the level of its capital expenditures by investing $170 million in fiscal year 2017 – $40 million more than the Company’s typical annual average.

“Today, Canada’s air navigation system has an unsurpassed record for safety and efficiency, which is a testament to the talent and dedication of NAV CANADA employees across the country” said Neil Wilson, President and CEO. “We want to build on our success through this commitment to a significant expansion of our capital program. This involves projects with multi-year timelines, and a pace of investment we expect to continue over three years, subject to economic and business conditions and appropriate annual approvals.”

A lot of the capital expenditure from now to 2019 will focus on key facilities, including Area Control Centres (ACC), Air Traffic Control Towers and Flight Service Stations (FSS). In addition to the expansion, refurbishment or replacement of these facilities, NAV CANADA will also continue to upgrade power systems and make important investments in air traffic management technology and new business systems.

A significant amount will also be devoted to modernizing critical elements of the communications, navigation and surveillance infrastructure, including continued investment in space-based ADS-B, which is set to revolutionize global air traffic surveillance.

NAV CANADA has invested over $2 billion in new technology and facilities over the past two decades and has built a global reputation for developing and implementing some of the world’s most advanced air traffic management technology solutions. This has measurably improved services for Canadians flying safely in our skies, and for the air navigation service providers in the eight countries that have purchased and are using technology developed by NAV CANADA. 

Some of the major projects planned over the next few years include:
New Replacement Facilities, Towers and FSS

Oshawa, ON

Pitt Meadows, BC
Langley, BC
Kitchener-Waterloo ON (slated for completion in 2017)
Grande Prairie, AB
Renovations and upgrades

All seven Area Control Centres Whitehorse Tower and FSS

Ottawa Tower
Boundary Bay Tower
Winnipeg Tower
Operational systems upgrades

Terminal Surveillance Radar replacement

Surveillance Fusion enhancements
Airport Surface Detection Equipment
A new flow management system that will provide arrival and departure manager capability
Space-Based Air Traffic Surveillance

Continued investment in the Aireon project to provide global air traffic surveillance that will for the first time cover the world’s oceans and remote areas

Engineering system enhancements to prepare for this new capability
Business System Upgrades

New consolidated Safety Information System

New business systems to support Human Resources and other key functions


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