Air transportation consultation

Draft Regulations were published in Canada Gazette December 22.

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) consulted with industry stakeholders, experts and interested members of the public to update and clarify its regulations, guidelines and tools for air transportation so that they reflect how industry is evolving, avoid unnecessary administrative burden and allow for innovation.

Following comments received, the CTA developed a report: What We Heard: Summary Of Input Received On The Modernization Of Air Transportation Regulations.

The CTA published draft regulations in Canada Gazette and expects the regulations to be implemented in 2019.

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The Government of Canada’s national transportation policy is set out in the Canada Transportation Act.

Although it permits the market to largely self-regulate, it also acknowledges that regulation may be required to meet public objectives or in cases where parties are not served by effective competition.

The CTA delivers its air transportation mandate through the administration of the Act and the ATR. The CTA:

  • issues licences to operate publicly available air services;
  • administers an international charter regime, including permits and flight notifications;
  • authorizes the use of aircraft and crew of other carriers;
  • administers an air tariff regime and reviews air carrier tariffs for clarity, reasonableness and no undue discrimination;
  • participates in bilateral air transport agreement negotiations;
  • regulates air price advertising;
  • inspects air carriers and facilities; and,
  • facilitates and adjudicates certain air related complaints.


Phase 2 – Air transportation consultation has ended
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