Government of Canada Launches Transportation 2030 Plan
In a well-attended speech before more than 500 people to the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Transport Minister Marc Garneau launched a plan containing important policy reforms that will help to improve the competitiveness of Canada's air transport sector.
Minister Garneau made a series of commitments to improve security screening, including setting internationally competitive targets that will allow Canada's airports to keep up with hubs in other countries. The minister announced he would look at new equipment and technology, and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority's (CATSA) governance, to ensure it is more accountable to a service standard, as well as make sure its funding is more responsive and sustainable.
Airports welcome this news. Canada's airports have been advocating for improvements to the security screening process for years, and are pleased to see the Government of Canada seems to be serious about improving Canada's competitiveness.
Minister Garneau also announced that foreign ownership limits on Canadian airlines would be increased from 25 per cent to 49 per cent, however, a single foreign investor or combination of foreign investors will be capped at a maximum of 25 per cent. The Minister announced that injunctions will be granted for proposed ultra low carriers such as Canada Jetlines and Enerjet, allowing them to pursue increased investment.
The minister also announced he will introduce an Air Travelers Passenger Rights Regime. The regime w
ill establish minimum requirements a passenger will need to be compensated for problems such as
denied boarding that are within the air carrier's control, or for lost or damaged baggage.