Press Release: New air passenger rights in the cards for Canada

Canada is a vast country that relies on a complex transportation network to move its citizens and its goods. All Canadians benefit from a competitive and efficient transportation system.

The Government of Canada today introduced legislation to provide a better experience for travellers and a transparent, fair, efficient and safer freight rail system to facilitate trade and economic growth.

This proposed legislation is the result of over a year of consultation and is informed by the feedback and guidance of citizens and stakeholders across the country.

The Transportation Modernization Act would promote transparency, system efficiency and fairness. Key measures would include:

  • establishing new air passenger rights;
  • liberalizing international ownership restrictions for Canadian air carriers to provide travellers with more choice through increased competition;
  • improving access, transparency, efficiency, and sustainable long-term investment in the freight rail sector; and
  • increasing the safety of transportation in Canada by requiring railways to install voice and video recorders in locomotives.

Today, we’re taking steps to protect your rights as air passengers and improve our rail system to get products to market…

Posted by Justin Trudeau on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

“In a vast nation like Canada, Canadians rely on economically viable modes of transportation to travel and move commodities within the country, across the border, and to our ports for shipment overseas. The time has come to modernize our policies and practices to provide a safer, more competitive and respectful system that can respond to modern conditions and to Canadians’ expectations,” says The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.

“When Canadians purchase an airline ticket, they expect the airline to provide the service that they paid for and to be treated with respect. When things don’t go the way they are planned, travellers deserve clear, transparent, fair and consistent compensation.”

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