Growing the Economy with Canada's Airports
Last year, many airports across Canada welcomed the highest number of passengers they've had in history. This has an enormous impact on Canada's economy.
Airports create jobs, support tourism and enable businesses vital access to high growth markets around the globe.
While airports are celebrating unprecedented growth, some are experiencing long lineups at security screening checkpoints and at our air borders during peak times. Airports are seeking investments in these federal government-run services to enable airports to continue to provide efficient connectivity.
This has become a priority for the Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC),
a coalition of presidents and chief executive officers of the eight largest urban regional Chambers of Commerce/Boards of Trade in Canada. Formed in 2015, it collaborates on international and domestic issues that impact their regions' competitiveness. The CGCC recognizes that airports require supportive policies and robust government services in order to remain competitive.
The CGCC formed a partnership with the Canadian Airports Council recently to raise awareness of the economic importance of Canada's international airports, and to stimulate policy reform to align Canada with global best practices.
The Government of Canada has committed to several important air transport initiatives with the launch of Transportation 2030 last November. Transport Minister Marc Garneau said he would look at
the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA)'s governance model, and make it more accountable to a service standard, as well as its funding more responsive to growing demand.
Strong growth in air traffic and new routes are a boon for tourism and trade for Canadian communities. It is the hope of the CGCC and the CAC that the government finalize the commitments it made in Transportation 2030, as well as invest in the Canada Border Services Agency's services at our air borders, so that Canada's airports can continue to support domestic prosperity and international competitiveness.
The ability to access the world is critical for the country's future, as well as necessary to ensure a diverse, creative and innovative economy.