National transportation system
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:
- administer regulations and issue determination, 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.
- help resolve disputes using a range of approaches from relatively informal facilitation and mediation to more formal arbitration and adjudication.
- provide information and guidance about 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
- Rail overview
- Federal railway companies
- Crossing agreements
- Railway line construction and relocation
- Railway line transfer or discontinuance
- Western grain
- Accounting, rates and cost determinations
- Certificates of fitness (licences)
- Noise and vibration
- Long-Haul Interswitching
- Guides and tools for rail
- Help Line