Transport Canada

  1. The pandemic highlighted the important role Canada’s airports play in our country’s economy and in sustaining the social and economic well-being of our communities. As Canada’s air sector continues to recover, investments in airport infrastructure are crucial to ensuring that Canadian travellers have access to safe and reliable air transportation options.
  2. The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, and the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa International Airport Authority, Mr. Mark Laroche, and the Member of Parliament for Ottawa South, the Honourable David J. McGuinty, will announce new funding for important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.
  3. Ensuring that Canadians have access to safe, efficient and reliable air travel is a top priority for the Government of Canada. This past summer demonstrated how much work remains to be done to ensure a strong recovery of the sector and the ongoing need for collaboration between partners. It is only by continuing to improve that we can grow the industry and our economy, create good jobs for Canadians, and ensure reliable service for travellers.
  4. A resilient rail transportation system is critical to strong supply chains and keeping those who live along rail lines safe. Recent events like the 2021 wildfires and floods have shown the impacts climate change and extreme weather events can have on communities and our transportation networks. We must continue to adapt and prepare for these impacts. This is why the Government of Canada is taking important steps towards addressing climate change on railway infrastructure.
  5. The Gitga’at and Gitxaala Nations have occupied the lands and waters around their coastal communities of Hartley Bay and Kitkatla, on the North Pacific Coast of what is now called Canada, for millennia. Their use of the waterways to travel to and access fishing and marine harvesting areas is a key facet of their rich culture and history. That is why ensuring those activities can continue is essential to maintaining their cultural, social, and economic wellbeing. In that context, increased use of those waterways for commercial marine transportation, a mainstay of Canada’s economy, can present challenges.
  6. With the longest coastline in the world, keeping our oceans safe and clean is a top priority for the Government of Canada. Since its launch in 2016, the Oceans Protection Plan—the largest investment ever made to protect our oceans and keep our coastlines clean—has led to over 50 initiatives and the completion of more than 300 projects to keep our waters safe and clean from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
  7. As Canada’s air sector continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, investments in our airport infrastructure are crucial to keeping travellers, workers, and communities safe.
  8. The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra will make a significant funding announcement in Vancouver related to strengthening marine preparedness, response and partnerships during the next phase of the Oceans Protection Plan.
  9. On behalf of the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Québec, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, will make an announcement about new funding for critical infrastructure projects to support the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. The Vice-President of Business Development and Technology of the airport, Mr. Marc-André Bédard, will also be present.
  10. Canadians have experienced supply chain challenges firsthand and the impacts that come with them, like the rising cost of everyday products. More recently, existing supply chain issues were exacerbated by extreme climate events, changes in trade patterns, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This is why the Government of Canada is taking concrete action to strengthen our supply chain and continue to build an economy that works for everyone.
  11. Canada's ports connect people, services, and goods to the rest of the world, driving our economic growth and underpinning our supply chains.
  12. An efficient and resilient transportation supply chain is key to expanding Canada’s economic capacity and productivity. The proposed legislative amendments under the Strengthening the Port System and Railway Safety in Canada Act aim to amend current legislation and modernize the way Canada’s marine and rail transportation systems operate and remove systemic barriers.
  13. The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, is expected to table the Strengthening the Port System and Railway Safety in Canada Act in the House of Commons shortly after 10:00 a.m. ET tomorrow.
  14. The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening Canada’s supply chains at Canadian ports so Canadians get what they need. The 2022 Fall Economic Statement builds on investments to build an economy that works for all Canadians.
  15. Today, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, issued this statement on a report published by the Office of the Auditor General on the Government of Canada’s efforts related to the surveillance of Arctic waters.
  16. Prince Rupert, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, will make a significant funding announcement about the Port of Prince Rupert, related to the Government of Canada’s work to strengthen Canada’s supply chain. Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority and Rob Booker, President and CEO of Trigon Pacific Terminals will also speak.
  17. The last two years have underscored the crucial role regional airports play in supporting essential air services. By ensuring community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue, and forest fire response, these airports contribute to keeping Canadians safe and connected from coast to coast to coast.
  18. The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, today announced the recent conclusion of an expanded air transport agreement between Canada and India. The expanded agreement allows designated airlines to operate an unlimited number of flights between the two countries. The previous agreement limited each country to 35 flights per week.
  19. The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, will hold a news conference to make an important announcement about the Canada-India Air Transport Agreement.
  20. The Government of Canada is committed to creating a faster, greener, more sustainable passenger rail service. The High Frequency Rail project, running from Toronto to Québec City, will deliver this commitment, by transforming passenger rail through the creation of a more frequent and sustainable rail service. The Government of Canada will also be exploring options to improve passenger rail frequencies, on-time performance, and to shorten travel times in Southwestern Ontario.
  21. The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening Canada’s supply chains at Canadians ports. The 2022 Fall Economic Statement builds on investments to grow Canada’s economy and create the good middle class jobs that Canadians will count on for generations to come.
  22. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring greater connectivity for Northerners and strengthening trade corridors. This supports our supply chains, helps grow our economy, and creates good, middle-class jobs.
  23. The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, Member of Parliament for Hamilton East–Stoney Creek, Chad Collins, Member of Parliament for Hamilton Mountain, Lisa Hepfner, and the President and CEO of the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority, Ian Hamilton, will make an important funding announcement at the Port of Hamilton.
  24. Shipping is vital to continue building an economy that works for everyone and creating good jobs for Canadians. The Government of Canada is also committed to taking concrete action to meet its climate goals and ensure that Canadians have an efficient and environmentally friendly shipping system.
  25. Today, on the sixth anniversary of the Oceans Protection Plan, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, released the Report to Canadians that details hundreds of results across more than 50 initiatives from coast-to-coast-to-coast since the start of the Plan.
  26. In the recent 2022 Fall Economic Statement, the Government of Canada highlighted its plan to continue its sound stewardship of the economy and to be there for Canadians. To help families cope with increasing costs, like rising prices at the checkout counter, the government is delivering targeted support to the Canadians who need it the most.
  27. The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, will provide details on how the 2022 Fall Economic Statement will eliminate interest on federal student and apprentice loans.
  28. The Government of Canada is fully committed to the bypass project and the entire route that has been identified to permanently get trains out of downtown Lac-Mégantic. This is an important project for the community, the Government of Canada, and the families of the 47 victims of the tragedy. The Government of Canada is working with the Government of Quebec, the Town of Lac-Mégantic, and the municipalities of Frontenac and Nantes to complete this project that will benefit the community.
  29. On March 10, 2019, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, claiming the lives of 157 people, including 18 Canadians and many others with ties to Canada. The Government of Canada stands in solidarity with their families and loved ones who continue to live with a profound sense of loss and suffering. We continue to keep those who were lost in our thoughts and in our hearts.
  30. Ensuring that all Canadians have access to safe, efficient and reliable air travel is a top priority for the Government of Canada. This past summer demonstrated how much work remains to be done to ensure a strong recovery of the sector and the continued need for collaboration between all partners. It is only by continuing this work that we can grow the industry and our economy, continue creating good jobs for Canadians and ensure reliable supply chains.
  31. High Frequency Rail will transform passenger rail service in Canada through the creation of a faster, more frequent, accessible, and sustainable rail service among the major centres of Québec City, Trois-Rivières, Montréal, Ottawa, Peterborough, and Toronto.
  32. The last two and a half years of the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the importance of local and regional airports to keeping communities connected to essential services and to each other. That’s why the Government of Canada is committed to supporting airports from coast to coast to coast.
  33. The last two years have underscored the crucial role airports play in supporting essential air services. By ensuring community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue, and forest fire response, airports contribute to keeping Canadians safe and connected from coast to coast to coast. Canadians rely on safe and well-maintained local and regional airports to support vibrant communities.
  34. Local airports play a crucial role in Canada, connecting communities from coast to coast to coast while also ensuring they continue to have access to essential services like air ambulance, resupply, and forest fire response.
  35. July 6, 2013 is a date that has marked our country. No community should ever have to live through what Lac-Mégantic experienced. This is why the Government of Canada is committed to making the rail bypass a reality. This will usher in a new beginning for the people in the area. This important project must include ongoing collaboration with people in the community, keeping them informed every step of the way.
  36. Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced that the Government of Canada is making important safety investments at local and regional airports in British Columbia.
  37. Northern communities across Canada depend on well-maintained airports to keep them connected. These airports also support essential air services including community resupply, air ambulance, search and rescue, and forest fire response.
  38. The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Marco Mendicino, and the Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, issued this update today on the continued action and progress being made by the Government of Canada and industry partners to reduce traveller wait times and delays across Canadian airports.
  39. Canada's economic growth depends on strong supply chains to create jobs, ensure goods get to Canadians, and addressing the impact of the rising cost of living. Digitizing our supply chain is one way to make it more efficient while helping to grow our economy.
  40. The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, will make an announcement related to the Government of Canada’s funding to implement digital solutions and optimization to strengthen Canada's supply. Robin Sylvester, President and CEO of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority will also provide remarks.
  41. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need to streamline regulations across our supply chains to make it easier to ship goods to Canadians on time.
  42. The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, will make an announcement about the Government of Canada’s efforts to continue making Canada's supply chain more competitive by making shipping easier.
  43. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that our supply chains are efficient and reliable to support economic growth in Quebec and across Canada, create good jobs and address the rising cost of living.
  44. The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Vimy, Annie Koutrakis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion and MP for Hochelaga, Soraya Martinez Ferrada, CEO of the Port of Montréal, Martin Imbleau, and Director General of DG CanEst Transit inc., Marc-Aurel Clapperton, will make an important announcement regarding a new investment at the Port of Montreal.
  45. Canadian ports are an essential link in our supply chains to grow our economy, create good jobs for middle-class Canadians, and deliver affordable goods on time. It is a top priority for the Government of Canada to build the resilience, efficiency, and adaptability of Canada's maritime supply chains to deal with the rising cost of living.
  46. Canada is home to 17 strategic and significant marine ports, known as Canada Port Authorities (CPAs). These ports play an important role in the global and North American supply chains, connecting people to the services and goods they need. While CPAs are federal entities, they operate at arms-length from the Government of Canada in a commercially oriented and financially self-sustaining manner. They are non-share corporations with independent Boards of Directors who set their own strategic direction and manage day-to-day operational decisions.
  47. The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Marco Mendicino, and the Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, issued this update today on the continued action and progress being made by the Government of Canada and industry partners to reduce traveller wait times and delays across Canadian airports.
  48. The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer of the Halifax Port Authority, Captain Allan Gray, will make an announcement related to the Port Modernization Review and the strengthening of our supply chains.
  49. Ensuring that Canadians receive affordable goods on time is essential, especially after the last 2.5 years of the global COVID-19 pandemic. That is why the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, established the National Supply Chain Task Force earlier this year to examine the key issues affecting Canada’s supply chain operations. The Task Force's mandate was to produce recommendations on how we can make our transportation supply chain stronger and Canadians' lives more affordable.
  50. The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, will hold a news conference following the release of the National Supply Chain Task Force final report. He will speak about how Canada will strengthen its supply chain and make life more affordable for Canadians.