Air transportation regulations

The CTA consulted with industry stakeholders, experts and interested members of the public from December 2016 to October 2017, 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 publication in Part I of the Canada Gazette on December 22, 2018 for a 60-day comment period, the CTA reviewed all feedback received and made adjustments in order to finalize the Regulations.

The majority of the amendments came into force July 1, 2019, while increased insurance requirements will be implemented on July 1, 2021.

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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.


Friday, September 29, 2017
Phase 2 – Air transportation consultation has ended
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