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Face Covering Requirements for Air Travellers

The Government of Canada is asking that all travellers have a removable non-medical mask or face covering large enough to cover their mouth and nose during their travel through Canadian airports and in-flight. 

Travellers must confirm that they have in their possession the mandatory non-medical mask or face covering as part of the registration or check-in process otherwise they will not be allowed to continue on their journey.


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Prime Minister announces health and social support for northern communities

The Prime Minister announced $17.3 million in transfers to the territorial governments to support northern air carriers in providing essential food, medical supplies and other essentials to northern communities. I am told this is not the end of government support for the air sector, but was deemed to be an urgent life-or-death situation for many Canadians that needed an immediate response.

https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/04/14/prime-minister-announces-health-and-social-support-northern

Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR) Exemptions due to COVID-19

ATAC has represented Canada’s commercial air transport industry since 1934. We have approximately 190 members engaged in ommercial aviation operating in every region of Canada. Never in the history of the association and of the aviation industry have there been challenges associated with one global event as large as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major disruptor to the aviation industry and to all of Canada. ATAC has reached out to the Federal Government asking for immediate financial support for our companies and the aviation industry. Air operators are operating at drastically reduced capacity and in many cases well below 10% of their capacity or less. Some air operators have stopped operating altogether with the intention of retaining cash flow for a potential start-up date after the pandemic. This has threatened the existence of many ATAC companies.

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