National transportation system

How we oversee market entry / exit and administer regulations
How we resolve disputes


The Canadian Transportation Agency keeps the national transportation system running efficiently and smoothly in the interests of all Canadians – those who work and invest in it, the producers, shippers, travellers and businesses who rely on it, and the communities where it operates – and the prosperity and social fabric of the country as a whole.

Broadly speaking, to implement this mandate, we:

  • oversee market entry and exit by making and administering regulations to ensure that industry parties compete on an equal footings and that the interests of Canadians are protected through the issuance of various determinations and enabling instruments, including;
    • Maximum Revenue Entitlement (MRE) for the movement of certain western grains by Canada's class 1 railways;
    • Certificates of Fitness, permitting federally-regulated railways to operate;
    • Licenses and other temporary authorities for commercial air operations in Canada;
    • Coasting Trade determinations for the issuance of licenses by the Canada Border Services Agency to foreign marine vessel operators; and
    • Canadian status, financial fitness and issuance level determinations for air licensees.
  • provide guidance and education material to stakeholders to ensure that they fully understand what is required of them and the role of Agency staff in conducting their reviews of files and matters before the Agency.
  • help resolve disputes by using a range of approaches from relatively informal facilitation and mediation to more formal arbitration and adjudication.
  • provide information on the transportation system, the rights and responsibilities of transportation providers and users, and the Agency's legislation and services.

How we oversee market entry / exit and administer regulations

How we resolve disputes

We strongly encourage parties to use facilitation or mediation. The vast majority of disputes handled by the Agency are resolved through these quick and less adversarial methods.

We also offer adjudication, as well as arbitration services for certain types of disputes.

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