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ATAC Welcomes Health Canada Proposed Changes to Travel Restrictions

May 28, 2021. The Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) welcomes the “Priority Strategies to Optimize Testing and Quarantine at Canada’s Borders” report released yesterday by Health Canada. The document was produced by the COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel created by the Federal Government last November. The report provides recommendations for land and air border measures.

ATAC is pleased that the report includes recommendations including measures proposed by the aviation industry for the restart of air services both domestically and internationally. ATAC requests the authorities supplement the recommendations contained in the report with specific timelines for implementation, essentially phase markers to allow operational planning to begin for the aviation sector, and those timelines to be sooner rather than later.

“We are very pleased with the measures proposed but there is a certain urgency as sufficient time is necessary for the industry to restart, requiring companies to rehire and retrain furloughed employees, and implement the new measures. To do this properly, the authorities need to collaboratively agree with the industry on a clear timeline,” indicated John McKenna, ATAC President and CEO.

ATAC and its member companies are eager to do all that is needed to help in the process of the critical and urgent recovery of our industry to support the economic recovery throughout Canada.

Follow this link to access the full report.


For media requests, please contact John McKenna, President and CEO, Air Transport Association of Canada at or by phone at 613-301-3969

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