Air transportation consultation

Air transportation consultation has ended

The Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) is consulting 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.

The Agency has prepared a discussion paper that focuses on the following key issues:

To further support the discussion, the Agency has also added in greater detail options with respect to:

We would like to hear your ideas and suggestions on how to address these issues. You are also welcome to identify any additional considerations or proposals related to the Air Transportation Regulations (ATR).

Are you an air passenger?

In a future phase of the RMI consultation, we'll reach out to get your views on the topic of consumer protection for air travellers.

Stay tuned for more information in 2018.

How to participate

Get engaged today by submitting your feedback at Sign language video submissions can also be uploaded. Submissions will be considered public documents and will be posted on the Agency's website.

The Agency plans to complete consultations on all elements of this initiative by summer 2017. It will review comments, release a summary document and draft updated regulations by the end of 2018. The regulations should be implemented in 2018 or 2019.  

Reference materials


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

  • 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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