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ATAC Response to CTA Consultation Paper on New Airline Refund Requirements

On December 18, 2020, the Minister of Transport wrote to the CTA's Chair and CEO to indicate that he intends to issue a Direction giving the CTA the authority to establish an obligation for airlines to provide a refund when there is a flight cancellation for reasons outside of the airline's control and the airline cannot complete the passenger's itinerary within a reasonable time. The letter also raised the possibility of extending this requirement to lengthy delays outside airlines' control. 

With this direction, the CTA will be able to take action to fill the gap that became obvious after the onset of the pandemic and the collapse of air travel. 

CTA, January 6, 2021
The CTA issued a consultation document entitled Consultation paper: Development of new airline refund requirements. The deadline for submitting comments was March 1, 2021.

We invite you to read ATAC’s formal comments on new obligations for airlines.

Collective Letter from Aviation Groups to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (TRAN)

Dear Mr. Badawey and Members of the TRAN:
As the Standing Committee completes its study on the impact of COVID-19 on the aviation sector, the undersigned aviation organizations would like to thank you and the Committee for your work over the past several months. As you heard from numerous witnesses since your study began, the pandemic and the economic chaos it has created has had a severe and debilitating impact on the sector, our employees, and the communities we serve.

Each of our organizations appeared before the Committee during the course of your study. We would like to take this opportunity to collectively propose that the following recommendations be included in the Committee’s report to Parliament. 

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Minister Ng announces launch of Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program

Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced the launch of the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program, or HASCAP.

HASCAP is available to businesses across the country, in all sectors, that have been hit hard by the pandemic. This includes restaurants, businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors, and those that rely on in-person service.

Eligible businesses can start applying as early as February 1 at principal financial institutions and more widely by February 15. Interested businesses should contact their primary lender to get more information and to apply.

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