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Forty jobs being created at North Bay's Voyageur Aviation

Provincial funding of $2.75 million to support job creation and infrastructure improvement

Voyageur Aviation is expanding its operations at North Bay's Jack Garland Airport with a $2,750,000 boost from the Ontario government's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.

Michael Gravelle, minister of Northern Development and Mines, was in North Bay on Feb. 9 to make the announcement.

The funding will help create 40 jobs and support Voyageur Aviation’s three-year production and infrastructure project to further develop its world-class regional aircraft engineering, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in North Bay.

“With the support of the NOHFC, we will be able to invest in personnel and infrastructure at our facility in North Bay to meet the rising demand for Voyageur’s specialized regional aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services," said Scott Tapson, president of Voyageur Aviation, in a news release.

"As a North Bay-based company with a global client base, this investment is key to Voyageur’s continued growth."

Mayor Al McDonald said he was pleased that Voyageur continues to invest in North Bay.

"Operating in our community since 1968, the company has grown into a diverse aviation operation that is an integral part of our local business community and the North Bay Jack Garland Airport," McDonald said in the release.

"Now a Chorus Aviation Inc. company, Voyageur is well positioned for future growth, and our congratulations are extended to president Scott Tapson and his team.”

“Investing in businesses like Voyageur Aviation and their new production and infrastructure project is critical to supporting opportunity and job creation in Northern Ontario," added Gravelle.