InterVISTAS Webinar on the Canada Transportation Act Review Report Now Available for Online Viewing

 

InterVISTAS held a webinar on 26 February 2016 12:00 EST regarding the Canada Transportation Act Review Report
26 February 2016, Ottawa Canada

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On 25 February 2016, Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau tabled the long awaited report on the Canada Transportation Act Review. InterVISTAS hosted a webinar reviewing the key aviation and maritime provisions on Friday 26 February 2016.

The webinar can be viewed at this link

Slides from the webinar, can be viewed at this link

The Canada Transportation Review Act report can be downloaded at www.tc.gc.ca/ctareview2014 .

Background. In 2014, the Transport Minister commissioned the Honorable Dr. David Emerson to chair a review Canada’s Transportation Act and related legislation and policy. Dr. Emerson and his panel of five advisors conducted a thorough review of the legislation and policy and submitted a report to the Minister. That report was tabled in Parliament today.

The review, entitled Pathways: Connecting Canada’s Transportation System to the World, focusses on Canada’s transportation and policy needs with a 20 to 30 year outlook. As stated by Dr. Emerson in his transmittal letter: “The Report makes significant recommendations on government decision-making and regulatory frameworks to reflect best practices in other jurisdictions. A swath of specific recommendations deal with the transport of grain, Canada’s trade gateways and corridors, the north, climate change, technology and innovation, accessibility, as well as recommendations relating to each major mode of transport.”

The report contains some dramatic recommendations in the aviation sector, including phasing out airport rents, dedicating domestic fuel taxes back to aviation, reclassification of some airports, and enabling larger airports to access equity capital. Airline foreign ownership limits are recommended to be increased from 25% to 49%, and 100% for all-cargo carriers. Bilaterals (to the extent they are used in the future) are encouraged to provide more access and increase the weight on trade policy and tourism objectives. Consumer rights are recommended to be defined by legislation. The Air Traveler’s Security Charge should be reduced and there is a recommendation to expand border automated border clearance services. The review recommends fundamental changes to help improve security screening regulations, airport hub performance, as well as the need to align tourism, border facilitation and trade.

This is the first major review of federal transportation policy since the previous CTA review of 2001.  The Minister indicated the next steps will begin with consultation with his federal, provincial and territorial counterparts, indigenous communities, and private and public stakeholders.

Webinar. InterVISTAS Consulting Inc. hosted a webinar that reviewed key aviation and maritime aspects of the report. The 60 minute webinar was presented by

  • Dr. Mike Tretheway, InterVISTAS’ Chief Economist and Chief Strategy Officer an expert on transportation economics and policy
  • Solomon Wong, Executive Vice President an expert on facilitation and security issues
  • Debra Ward, Executive Consultant and the former Ministerial Transition Observer on airline restructuring.