Sioux Lookout connects over 30,000 people in 31 remote northern First Nations communities to a state-of-the-art hospital and related health care, social and education services. The area has been on major growth curve with $250 million in capital projects recently completed under the Economic Development Strategic Plan 2009-2014, including a new state-of-the-art hospital, heritage railway station redevelopment, downtown revitalization, MNR fire management centre, airport marketing strategy and an increased demand for serviced residential, commercial and industrial land.

The Municipality of Sioux Lookout is again being faced with increased growth and development. The Municipality confirmed they are proceeding with a $12.5 million dollar expansion of its municipal airport and the recent developments in the Ring of Fire have led to discussions with the Province on an East-West transportation corridor which the terminus is located at the junction of Hwy 599 and the Sioux Lookout Highway 72.

The Sioux Lookout Municipal Airport has been approved to proceed with Build Canada Phase 2 application under the Small Communities Fund for the Airport Expansion and Renovation Project, with a total investment of $12,600,000. This project will increase capacity and services offered at the airport. As such, the airport is consistently one of Canada’s busiest with more than 30,000 aircraft movements in 2011, and an annual passenger movement of more than 120,000 passengers. The airport is also a major employer with more than 100 people working for both the public and private sectors.