Category: Transport Canada

Statement – Minister Garneau marks coming into effect of Phase 1 of new Air Passenger Protection Regulations

Provided by Transport Canada/CNW

Provisions cover communication, tarmac delays, denied boarding, lost and damaged luggage, and transporting musical instruments

OTTAWA, July 15, 2019 /CNW/ – The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, issued this statement today to mark the coming into effect of Phase 1 of the new Air Passenger Protection Regulations:

“As Canada’s Minister of Transport, I am pleased to see the first phase of the Air Passenger Protection Regulations are now in effect. With input from air travellers and the air industry, we have created a world-leading approach to air passenger rights that is clear, consistent, transparent and fair.

“Starting today, airlines will be required to:

  • Communicate information to passengers in a simple, clear way  about their rights and recourses, and provide regular updates in the event of flight delays or cancellations;
  • Provide compensation of up to $2,400 for denial of boarding for reasons within the airlines’ control;
  • Ensure passengers receive prescribed standards of treatment during all tarmac delays and allow them to leave the airplane, when it’s safe to do so, if a tarmac delay lasts for over three hours and there’s no prospect of an imminent take-off;
  • Provide compensation for lost or damaged baggage of up to $2,100 and a refund of any baggage fees; and
  • Set clear conditions regarding the transportation of musical instruments as checked or carry-on baggage.

“Phase 2, related to flight delays, cancellations and seating children in proximity of a parent or guardian, will come into effect on December 15, 2019.

“I am proud to say that these regulations will apply to all airlines flying to, from, and within Canada, and that airlines will be required to follow these regulations or they could face penalties of up to $25,000 per incident of non-compliance. The new regulations also take into account the realities of small and northern air carriers, as well as ultra-low cost carriers, with requirements adjusted accordingly.

“Today is a historic day for Canadian travellers. Our government believes that hardworking Canadians deserve to be treated fairly when they travel. That is why we created a world-leading approach to air passenger rights, one that is predictable and fair for passengers, while ensuring our air carriers remain strong and competitive. Today, after a long and thorough consultation process, I am proud to say these new regulations achieve that balance and give air travellers the rights and treatment they pay for and deserve.”

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Government of Canada investing in safety at the Kamloops Airport

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KAMLOOPS,BC, July 3, 2019 /CNW/ – Canadians, tourists and businesses benefit from safe and well-maintained airports. From visiting friends and family, to travelling to medical appointments, or getting goods to market, we rely on our local airports to support and sustain vibrant communities. These airports also provide essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue and forest fire response.

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced a Government of Canada investment to purchase an aircraft rescue firefighting vehicle (ARFF) for the Kamloops Airport. The investment of $960,000 includes an ARFF with a high capacity water tank and pumping output that can also use foam concentrate and dry chemical fire retardants. The state-of-the-art ARFF is critical in providing rapid and effective response to aircraft emergencies.

Minister Jordan also viewed the recently delivered replacement snowplow truck with blade, valued at $130,000, which is used for airside snow removal.

Well maintained runways, taxiways and aprons free of ice and snow are key to ensuring safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and help protect costly airport safety assets, such as aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, during airport operations.

Quotes

“The Kamloops Airport is an important hub for residents and businesses in this region. This investment will help ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for both Kamloops residents and those in British Columbia’s Interior, many of whom depend on their local airports not only for personal travel and business, but also for access to specialized and emergency medical care in larger centres.”

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan
Minister of Rural Economic Development

“Our Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • This funding comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).
  • Since the Program started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested more than $882.7 million for 948 projects at 186 airports across the country.
  • To date, the Kamloops Airport has received more than $9.1 million in ACAP funding for 15 safety projects, including the rehabilitation of Runway 08-26, the apron and taxiways, an ARFF and shelter, and snow-clearing equipment.

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Canadians to benefit from new and expanded air transport agreements with Ecuador, Tunisia and Grenada

Provided by Transport Canada/CNW

OTTAWA, July 2, 2019 /CNW/ – From visiting friends and family to getting goods to markets around the world, Canadians rely on a robust aviation industry with diverse international air services. Expanding Canada’s existing air transport relationships allows airlines to introduce more flight options and routes which benefits passengers and businesses by providing greater choice and convenience.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced that Canada has successfully concluded new and expanded air transport agreements with Ecuador, Tunisia and Grenada.

The expanded air transport agreement with Ecuador allows designated airlines to operate more passenger and cargo flights per week to and from Canada. The agreement also allows designated airlines to serve any city in the other country’s territory.

Similarly, the expanded air transport agreement with Tunisia allows designated airlines to operate more scheduled flights per week between Canada and Tunisia.

The new agreement with Grenada is an Open Skies-type agreement, which allows an unlimited number of passenger and cargo flights between Canada and Grenada. 

These new and expanded agreements take effect immediately.

Quotes

“We are pleased to develop new air transport relationships and expand existing ones with our partner countries around the world. These new and expanded agreements provide air carriers with additional flexibility to serve these growing markets, which is good news for travellers, shippers, and the air transport and tourism industries.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

“Diversifying access to new markets is a priority for Canada. Air agreements are great tools that support business expansions and trade diversification, creating better opportunities and jobs for all Canadians.”

The Honourable Jim Carr
Minister of International Trade Diversification

Quick Facts

  • These new and expanded air transport agreements were reached under Canada’s Blue Sky policy, which encourages long-term, sustainable competition and the development of international air services.
  • Under the Blue Sky Policy, the Government of Canada has concluded new or expanded air transport agreements covering 106 countries.

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Additional information on the Blue Sky policy

Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca

Government of Canada designates Muskoka Airport

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Designation will help airport enhance services for travellers and attract new business 

OTTAWA, June 26, 2019 /CNW/ – Air travel is essential to Canada’s economic growth and prosperity. Expanding Canada’sair transportation networks allows airlines to provide Canadians, tourists and businesses with greater choice and connectivity.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced that the Muskoka Airport will be able to purchase security screening services from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), which will help the airport attract new business and expand its service offerings.

The Transportation Modernization Act, which received Royal Assent in May 2018, amended the CATSA Act to allow non-designated airports to apply for designation to purchase CATSA’s security screening services. These amendments also give the 89 designated airports an option of purchasing additional screening services, which will allow major hubs to streamline their screening services and support their growth objectives.

Muskoka Airport is the first regional airport to obtain designation under this new process.

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“Through the Transportation Modernization Act, we are making the Canadian air industry more competitive. Giving small, low-risk airports the ability to purchase CATSA screening services will create opportunities for them to attract new commercial routes to stimulate growth in the air sector.” 

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

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Transportation Modernization Act

SkyX On Track for Canadian BVLOS Operations in 2019

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New Regulatory Roadmap from Transport Canada Provides Guidance for RPAS

MARKHAM, ON, June 18, 2019 /CNW/ – SkyX Systems, an aerial monitoring solutions provider, has received regulatory guidance for performing beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations in Canada. Transport Canada’s Transportation Sector Regulatory Review Roadmap includes a proposed amendment  to Canadian Aviation Regulations to provide more clarity and flexibility for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

Roadmap published in Transport Canada whitepaper "Workshop #2: Beyond Visual Line of Sight Operations" for Drone Talks: Planning for Success (CNW Group/SkyX)
Roadmap published in Transport Canada whitepaper “Workshop #2: Beyond Visual Line of Sight Operations” for Drone Talks: Planning for Success (CNW Group/SkyX)

Beginning this year, Transport Canada plans on expanding pilot projects to develop and implement performance-based standards for RPAS operating BVLOS under low risk conditions. SkyX has been working closely with Transport Canada, including trial flights on Salt Spring Island to demonstrate to regulatory authorities that drones can safely operate in Canadian airspace autonomously and BVLOS. SkyX pilot certifications allow for Basic and Advanced Operations in Canadian airspace.

According to the roadmap, SkyX BVLOS missions are on track to be approved in 2019 in isolated areas and uncontrolled airspace, which bodes well for midstream operators in need of inspection and monitoring solutions to maintain asset integrity. In three years of BVLOS RPAS development, flight operations at SkyX have advanced from site-specific Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) with a development aircraft, to a system capable of nationwide operations in controlled airspace with the safety-assured SkyOne RPAS. A more permissible regulatory structure implies an increased level of confidence by Transport Canada that Canadian RPAS operators will act in their own best interest to maintain a culture of professionalism and flight safety.

“As the industry develops innovative ways to reduce the level of human interaction beyond that of supervised autonomy and remote autonomy, the need for permissible regulations which recognize the enhanced capabilities of computer systems to support BVLOS operations is becoming increasingly urgent,” commented Didi Horn, SkyX founder and CEO. “We’re excited to continue our work with Transport Canada and look forward to a clearer regulatory framework for BVLOS. The implementation of consistent standards and practices will empower operators and manufacturers to further leverage solutions to challenges unique to Canadian geography, climate, and regulatory structure.”

SkyX’s aerial systems have vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities that enable them to be deployed from virtually anywhere with no need for launchers or runways. With a range of 100+ kilometers on a single charge, SkyX achieves infinite range by pairing strategically placed charging stations along the survey route. SkyX also uses an A.I. system that analyzes the aerial data accumulated by SkyOne to detect anomalies on the pipeline, right of way and surrounding areas.

Government of Canada invests in transportation infrastructure at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport to move goods to market

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Four-year, $38.8 million infrastructure project will support continued cargo and passenger traffic growth.

HAMILTON, ON (June 14, 2019) – John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport will undergo an Airfield Rehabilitation and Modernization Project to fully restore its two main runways, supporting taxiways and lighting systems over the next four years, starting in 2019. These projects will improve the efficiency, reliability and safety of airport operations, accelerate investment to accommodate the increasing use of larger wide-body aircraft for domestic and long-haul traffic to support current and future growth through Hamilton International.

“Modernization of Hamilton International’s runways, taxiways and lighting systems will ensure longevity of this critical infrastructure, and position the Airport to continue serving a strategic transportation and trade corridor, and the many businesses who rely on connections to port, train, major route highway and U.S. border routes to access new markets for Canadian imports and exports,” said President & CEO, Cathie Puckering.  “We look forward to completing these critical infrastructure improvements so that Hamilton International can continue to deliver on its vision to be the best global gateway in Canada for affordable travel and goods movement and continue to be a key economic contributor in our region.”

The investment of critical transportation infrastructure includes four major elements: 

  • Strengthen the Airport’s primary runway: Runway 12-30 is one of Southern Ontario’s longest runways, and investment will facilitate current and future heavy freighter traffic. Rehabilitation of instrument landing and low visibility systems will improve overall reliability.
  • Strengthen the Airport’s secondary crosswind runway: Investments will be made to improve the efficiency of Runway 06-24, which serves as the alternative approach and departure path for diversion flights during inclement weather.
  • Upgrade taxiways systems: The airfield’s support system of taxiways connecting to the runways will be upgraded to accommodate growing 24/7 aircraft operations.
  • Upgrade airfield lighting: Advanced LED lighting technology will be implemented on the airfield to improve reliability, promote efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Hamilton International Airport Cargo Centre, courtesy of Hamilton International Airport

The total project cost is $38.89 million, and Transport Canada’s National Trade Corridor Fund (NTCF) will contribute $18.54 million, with the balance funded by airport operator TradePort International Corporation, as part of its capital investment plan. To minimize closures and interruption to existing 24/7 operations, airfield work will be completed in phases.

Hamilton International is an economic engine for the City of Hamilton and the surrounding region. Its latest Economic Impact Study demonstrated that in 2017, the Airport generated almost 3,500 jobs in the region (a 25% increase since 2013), labour income of $243 million, a GDP of $385 million and industry activity of $1.2 billion.  Through the investment announced today, these Airport projects will create more than 350 construction jobs, with an additional 863 full-time jobs to be created over the next five years, representing an additional $149 million in labour income. The Airport anticipates that the NTCF’s investment will facilitate approximately $2.1B in economic activity annually.

“On behalf of our board of directors, employees and business partners of Hamilton International, a sincere thank you to the Government of Canada and the Honourable Minister Marc Garneau for recognizing the need for infrastructure investment to further promote continued growth in our region,” Puckering said. “Our Member of Parliament, the Honourable Minister Filomena Tassi, has graciously endorsed the Airport for its many economic benefits to our community, and this next step ensures that the momentum continues.”

“Hamilton is proud to be home to Canada’s fastest growing and largest overnight express cargo airport. On behalf of the City of Hamilton, I would like to thank our Federal partners for their contribution towards this exciting restoration project at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. With this investment, our airport will see hundreds of new jobs created, critical new safety measures implemented and further promotion of talent and services available in Hamilton.” – His Worship Fred Eisenberger, Mayor of Hamilton

Hamilton International remains Canada’s largest overnight express cargo airport and hub for ecommerce. In the last two years, air cargo business has grown by 20%, while passenger traffic has experienced 118% growth to more than 725,000 passengers served in 2018.   Exceptional growth in both segments of its business and public/private investment towards invaluable airport infrastructure are clearly placing Hamilton International Airport in an optimal position to continue toward its company vision in being recognized by the world as the best global gateway in Canada for affordable travel and goods movement.

Transport Canada cancels Wabusk Air’s Air Operator Certificate

Provided by Transport Canada/CNW

OTTAWA, June 10, 2019 /CNW/ – On June 8, 2019, Transport Canada cancelled Wabusk Air’s Air Operator Certificate, which prohibits the company from providing commercial air services.

Transport Canada took this serious safety action because of Wabusk Air’s demonstrated inability to safely operate in accordance with the Canadian Aviation Regulations.

Prior to this action taken by Transport Canada, the Department has used various measures such as certificate action and enhanced monitoring to ensure Wabusk Air operated its commercial air service safely.

Transport Canada takes its aviation safety oversight role seriously and expects every air operator to operate in accordance with the applicable aviation safety regulations. When air operators fail to do this, Transport Canada takes appropriate action in the interest of public safety.

Air passengers in the communities of northeastern Ontario previously serviced by Wabusk Air can continue to use the other available air operators in this area which provide commercial air services.

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Canadians to benefit from new Air Passenger Protection Regulations

Provided by Transport Canada/CNW

TORONTO, May 24, 2019 /CNW/ – Air travel is essential to Canada’s economic growth and prosperity. Canadians, tourists and businesses all benefit from a safe, efficient and more transparent air industry. Buying tickets for air travel can be a big expense for Canadian families. When Canadians buy an airline ticket, they expect airlines to meet their obligations and deserve to be treated fairly.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced that Canadians will begin to benefit from new Air Passenger Protection Regulations starting on July 15, 2019. The Canadian Transportation Agency’s final regulations are available now on their website.

The Transportation Modernization Act, which received Royal Assent in May 2018, mandated the Agency to develop regulations for air travellers that would be clear, consistent, transparent and fair. After months of public and stakeholder consultations, Canadians will soon be covered by robust new regulations that apply to all air carriers flying to, from and within Canada. These new regulations will require air carriers to proactively offer standards of treatment. Additionally, in some cases, carriers will be required to issue compensation to passengers within strict timelines. Passengers will not need to first complain to the Canadian Transportation Agency; instead, recourse is first dealt directly with the airline. Air carriers will be required to follow these regulations and could face fines of up to $25,000 per incident of non-compliance.

Following input received on the draft regulations, a phased-in approach will ensure air carriers have time to adjust to the new regulations. Requirements related to communication, tarmac delays, denied boarding, lost and damaged luggage, and the transportation of musical instruments will come into force on July 15, 2019. The more complex requirements related to flight delays and cancellations will come into force on December 15, 2019. The new regulations also take into account the realities of small and northern air carriers, as well as ultra-low cost carriers, with requirements adjusted accordingly.

Quote

“Our goal was to provide a world-leading approach to air passenger rights that would be predictable and fair for passengers, while ensuring our air carriers remain strong and competitive. After a long and thorough consultation process, I am proud to say these new regulations achieve that balance and will give air travellers the rights and treatment they pay for and deserve.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau                                        
Minister of Transport

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New project to strengthen Alberta’s airport infrastructure resilience to climate change

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CALGARY, May 15, 2019 /CNW/ – Much of Canada’s trade moves through federal transportation assets, such as major ports, airports, and land border crossings. These assets are vital to the country’s trade and economic competitiveness. In this era of rapidly moving global supply chains, they are part of a transportation system that must be reliable, efficient and resilient to various stressors, including climate and weather.

Mr. Kent Hehr, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced funding that will help us understand how climate change affects federal transportation assets.

Through the Transportation Assets Risk Assessment Program, the Government of Canada is investing over $290,000 in Alberta’s airports to strengthen the transportation system and address the various stressors caused by climate and extreme weather events.

With the funding, Calgary Airport Authority will develop a screening process to evaluate the potential disruptions extreme weather could cause to the daily operations of Calgary International Airport and Springbank Airport.

By funding projects that assess climate risk, the Government of Canada is taking action to protect Canadians and their communities from the effects of climate change while strengthening the resilience of the transportation system.

Quotes

“Extreme weather events are occurring more frequently, causing costly damage in our communities. These disruptions have an impact on Canadians that depend on their roads, airports, and other transportation infrastructure to deliver necessities like food and medicine. The government is supporting research projects that are helping Alberta, and the rest of Canada, build its resilience to the effects of climate change.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

“From floods to fires, Albertans are all too familiar with the dangerous effects of climate change. Today’s funding from our federal government will help the Calgary International Airport and Springbank Airport to better evaluate and plan for future extreme weather, and build the resilience of our transportation infrastructure.”

Kent Hehr
Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre

Quick Facts

  • Climate change and extreme weather events can damage transportation infrastructure such as roads, bridges, rail lines, ports and airports, which can cause costly travel and transport delays, undermining the safety, efficiency, and reliability of our transportation system.
  • The Transportation Assets Risk Assessment program funds the assessment of climate risk to provide information to asset owners and operators on what infrastructure components may be vulnerable to climate and weather-related hazards to support investment and asset management planning.

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SOURCE Transport Canada

Government of Canada investing in safety at the Northern Rockies Regional Airport

Provided by Transport Canada/CNW

FORT NELSON, BC, May 10, 2019 /CNW/ – Canadians, tourists and businesses benefit from safe and well-maintained airports. From visiting friends and family, to travelling to medical appointments, or getting goods to market, we rely on our local airports to support and sustain vibrant communities. These airports also provide essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue and forest fire response.

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced a Government of Canada investment of $356,680 for the purchase of a grader at the Northern Rockies Regional Airport in Fort Nelson, British Columbia. This equipment will assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron.   

Well maintained runways, taxiways and aprons that are kept clear of ice and snow are key to ensuring safe usage by aircraft, passengers, and crews, and help protect costly airport assets, such as snow clearing equipment and aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, during airport operations.

Quote

“Our Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • This funding comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).
  • Since the Program started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested more than $882.70 million for 948 projects at 186 airports across the country.
  • To date, the Northern Rockies Regional Airport has received more than $11.7 million in ACAP funding for 15 safety projects, including the rehabilitation and reconfiguration of the apron; the rehabilitation of airfield lighting systems; the replacement of a self-propelled snowblower and front-end loader; and the installation of a runway condition reporting system.

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