Port Alberni and Comox are set to benefit from this morning's search and rescue aircraft announcement.
The federal government will invest $4.7 billion in 16 new seach and rescue aircraft to replace the aging Buffalo and C-130 Hercules aircraft
Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan announced the new Airbus C-295W this morning at a press conference at CFB Trenton
As well as a multi-million dollar training facility in Comox, Port Alberni will benefit as Coulson Aviation has a contract to build optional tanking systems for the Airbus C295s.
The water bombing retardent delivery system has been designed specifically for the roll-on, roll-off infrastructure in the turboprop airplanes, which have been purchased for varied purposes in 25 countries.
The planes announced this morning will be delivered starting in 2019, and will be based in Comox, Winnipeg, Trenton, and Greenwood NS.
The Alberni Valley Regional Airport is about to become a hub in the Canadian aerospace industry according to Port Alberni mayor Mike Ruttan.
Ruttan said today's announcement was like an early Christmas present for the Alberni Valley but there is still much work to be done in defining the details of the contract.
He said the ongoing airport expansion project was a key element in securing the deal, and he hopes many more projects will come to the area as a result.
School District 70 will be hiring more teachers and special needs assistants after a recent supreme court decision to limit class size and composition.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled last month that the BC Teachers Federation had the right to bargain the two controversial issues --- capping off nearly 15 years of legal wrangling.
Alberni District Teachers Union President Ken Zydyk says more staff will be hired in School District 70
Zydyk said the smaller class sizes means teachers will be able to provide more one-on-one time with students, and those with special needs will receive specialized attention.