Since its origin in 1961, the Sault Ste. Marie Airport has provided
the vital air transportation link to the people and businesses of
Sault Ste. Marie and the District of Algoma.
Since assuming ownership and control of the Airport from the Federal
government in 1998, the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation
(SSMADC) has strived to improve air transportation services for
the community in a socially and fiscally responsible manner, while
being progressive in its efforts to promote, develop and upgrade
the Airport’s lands and facilities.
Under the Federal government’s National Airports Policy (1994),
ownership of the Airport was offered to provincial and local governments,
airport commissions, private businesses or other interests, in that
order. In response to this policy, the SSMADC, an independent, not-for-profit,
community-based entity incorporated on April 26, 1996, took over
ownership and operation of the Airport on March 28, 1998.
Of the 23 regional, local or small airports in Ontario that have
been transferred from the Federal government, the Sault Ste. Marie
Airport is the only airport that is not directly affiliated with
a municipality. The Airport must raise sufficient revenues from
fees, concessions and leases to meet its operating expenses, provide
for facilities renewal and pay taxes.
The SSMADC’s Mission Statement:
“To make the Airport the best, regional air transportation facility
in the country through a philosophy of community-based control and
self-sustaining operation, and by providing positive benefits to the
people and commerce of Sault Ste. Marie and the District of Algoma.”
Sault Airport Development Corporation