Accessible transportation

Accessibility and the Canadian Transportation Agency

The Canadian Transportation Agency‘s (CTA) vision is for Canada’s national transportation system to be the most accessible in the world. Since 1988, the CTA has had a mandate to protect the fundamental human right of persons with disabilities to accessible transportation services. We also create regulations, codes of practice and guidelines for accessibility. Individual complaints about accessibility can be resolved through facilitation, mediation or adjudication.

On June 25, 2020, the Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR) came into effect, providing a set of clear, consistent, specific and legally binding accessibility requirements for many transportation service providers. The ATPDR apply to large carriers and terminals in modes of transport under federal jurisdiction.

The ATPDR are an important tool for making sure travel is accessible. However, small transportation service providers not covered by the ATPDR are still required to provide accessible services, and can be the subject of complaints from persons with disabilities. Many of these transportation service providers are covered by the Air Transportation Regulations and the Personnel Training for the Assistance of Persons with Disabilities Regulations.

Services and information

Accessible transportation for persons with disabilities regulations

Find all information related to the new Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations.

Take charge of your travel

These resources will help facilitate barrier-free travel on airplanes, trains, ferries and buses that cross a provincial/territorial or Canadian border


These guides describe the rules that service providers must follow under the Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR).


Federal transportation providers and terminal operators are required to train their staff and contracted personnel on how to assist persons with disabilities.


A compilation of standards for large and small transportation service providers.


For advice on accessibility issues, the Agency consults its Accessibility Advisory Committee, made up of representatives from the community of persons with disabilities, the transportation industry and other interested parties.