Canadian North to double size of Ottawa cargo facility

Minister of Trnsport and Canadian North CEO board a company aircraft.
Photo Credit: Canadian North
Len Varley - Assistant Editor 3 Min Read
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Inuit-owned Canadian North, the premier airline operating in the Arctic region, has revealed its ambitious blueprint to double the size of its cargo facility located in Ottawa.

This pivotal expansion initiative directly addresses the burgeoning requirements of our isolated and northern communities.

Investment by airline and government

Both Canadian North and the Government of Canada have pledged a substantial sum of $11 million each, culminating in a combined investment of $22 million.

The imminent commencement of construction is on the horizon, with the facility expected to achieve full operational status by the year 2026.

Pictured left to right: The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez (Minister of Transport) and Michael Rodyniuk (President & CEO, Canadian North)

Matieu Plamondon, Canadian North’s Vice President for Cargo & Airport Services, emphasized the significance of cargo, noting that it encompasses essentials and items of profound impact.

The enlarged facility in Ottawa empowers us to render more substantial assistance to our Arctic communities.


 “Our expanded Ottawa facility lets us do more for our Arctic communities. From high-quality, expedited grocery deliveries to timely arrivals of cherished packages, we’re committed to enhancing the product we offer,” said Plamondon.

Supporting Inuit communities

Functioning as a pivotal conduit for Inuit communities, the new facility signifies Canadian North’s unwavering commitment to broadening its services across the Arctic.

Through the doubling of its dimensions, the novel facility will amalgamate disparate sites and harness cutting-edge tracking tools to ensure the timely transportation of critical commodities such as sustenance and medicines.

This expanded establishment will provide impetus for local enterprises to thrive, cater to the burgeoning demands of online commerce, and ensure the stability of food supplies amidst fluctuating weather conditions.

Michael Rodyniuk, Canadian North’s CEO, articulated that this calculated expansion venture in Ottawa underscores the airline’s steadfast dedication to enhancing the quality of life within our secluded and northern communities. “Beyond just delivering essentials, we’re investing in the future,” he said.

About Canadian North

Canadian North is a 100% Inuit-owned airline that connects people and delivers essential goods throughout Canada’s North – safely, reliably and always with friendly and caring customer service.

Canadian North Airlines services 25 communities within the Northwest Territories, Nunavik and Nunavut, as well as Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton – with a versatile fleet of Boeing 737, ATR 42 and ATR 72 Freighter aircraft.

The carrier is also the premier charter services provider for large resource sector clients requiring dependable, efficient and economical fly-in/fly-out air service and it operates flights across North America and beyond for sports teams, cruise lines, tour operators and many others.

Canadian North is wholly-owned by Makivik Corporation and Inuvialuit Development Corporation.

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