Emergency Wage Subsidy Extension and Regional Relief and Recover Fund announcements

Dear ATAC Members (bcc), 

We would like to bring to your attention the two following recent announcements by the Government of Canada which may be of interest to you. 

  1. The Government is extending Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program until August 29.
  2. Minister Joly announced the rolling out of the Regional Relief and Recover Fund, $1 billion in support that will be administer by the regional agencies, ACOA, WED, FEDDEV, etc, which may be applicable to ATAC members, especially since most did not qualify for the support for large employers. (See Regional Relief and Recover Fund announced after the press release on the extension of the CEWS)

Request to suspend the application of the Provincial Aviation Fuel Tax due to COVID-19

On behalf of the airline community, many of whom operate to and from the Province of Ontario, we are writing to you regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As industry associations we support many areas of aviation activity and help formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues. Many of our mutual member airlines operate services to Toronto Pearson International Airport and Ottawa International Airport and thus play a pivotal role in the vitality of the local economy.

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Urgent Financial Aid Needed by Canada’s Commercial Aviation Sector

The Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC), representing 75 air operators across Canada and some 85 industry support stakeholders, is asking for the Government to urgently table a financial aid package for the aviation industry. The consequences of the crisis and of measures taken to contain the virus are having a catastrophic impact on our industry.

ATAC air carrier members operate in all sectors of commercial air transport and are vital economic drivers offering essential services at the regional, national and international levels. As key economic enablers, ATAC operators contribute to socio-economic growth throughout all provinces and territories. 

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