The Agency is responsible for developing and administering regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to a wide range of matters involving federally-regulated air, rail and marine modes of transportation.
The national transportation policy permits the market to largely self-regulate. However, it also acknowledges that regulation may be required to meet public objectives or in cases where parties are not served by effective competition.
Feedback from our stakeholders indicates that they are looking to the Agency to update its regulations to reflect changing environments and stakeholder needs. A modernized regulatory regime – comprising essential regulation, guidelines, codes of practice and their administration – will more effectively align with the current transportation and government policy framework. It will also ultimately improve the transparency of the Agency's decision-making process, reduce the need for unnecessary applications, facilitate the processing of applications, and strengthen compliance.
The Agency also recognizes that there are as yet untapped opportunities to make effective use of information technologies to serve stakeholders in a more timely and efficient manner. Offering web-based services and streamlining business processes will position the Agency to better respond to stakeholder needs.
These efforts to renew the Agency's regulatory regime will require ongoing dialogue with our stakeholders, both formal and informal. Increased outreach efforts will contribute to:
Effectively resolving issues;
Enhancing understanding of and compliance with regulatory requirements; and
Improving Agency awareness of stakeholder views, concerns and emerging issues.
The Agency's regulatory and non-regulatory approaches and their administration are up-to-date, well understood and delivered effectively and efficiently.
Objective 1: Essential Regulatory Regime
The Agency's regulatory regime is modernized.
Desired Result: An efficient and transparent regulatory regime of essential regulation and non-regulatory approaches.
Strategic Action 1: Systematically review and update the Agency's regulations.
Modernized Air Transportation Regulations.
Updated regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities.
Rail and air regulations of the Agency are reviewed and amended to respond to government direction and the Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulations.
Amendments to Parts I-VII of Air Transportation Regulations implemented.
Amendments to Personnel Training Regulations implemented.
Railway Costing Regulations reviewed.
Strategic Action 2: Develop and update non-regulatory approaches to achieving desired outcomes.
Interpretation notes providing stakeholders with better understanding of specific issues or topics.
Guidelines providing stakeholders with the Agency's procedural and substantive approach for specific regulatory areas.
Updated codes of practice for accessible transportation.
Interpretation notes on various issues published, such as:
What is a publicly available air service;
Who is operating an air service;
Availability of terms and conditions at business offices of air carriers; and
The Revenue Cap Program.
Agency Guidelines updated or developed on matters such as:
Net salvage value determinations of railway lines;
Extra-bilateral authorities for air carriers;
Small air terminals in order to address needs of persons with disabilities;
Public passenger service providers; and
Wet leases and code sharing for air carriers.
Updated codes of practices for aircraft, ferry and rail passenger car accessibility.
Objective 2: Effective Administration
Our administration of regulatory responsibilities is streamlined.
Desired result: The administration of the regulatory regime is effective, efficient, transparent and responsive.
Strategic Action 1: Streamline the Agency's regulatory administrative processes.
New e-service channels which improve services to Agency clients and serve as a catalyst to streamline Agency processes.