The Canadian government must adopt policies and regulations that advance an economically strong Canadian airline industry, promote safety, and foster careers for Canadian workers, now and in the future

Each year, Canadian airlines contribute tens of billions of dollars in economic benefits and opportunities to communities across the country. Canada’s airlines and their employees help fuel the national economy and build local businesses. The airlines provide tens of thousands of jobs while transporting passengers to vacation and business destinations and products to existing and emerging markets.

Ensuring the success of an industry that contributes to the lives of Canadians on such a scale must be a national priority. The election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the appointment of the Honourable Marc Garneau as minister of transport brings new opportunities for the Canadian government to take fresh action to advance a safe and competitive airline industry in the global economy and create promising careers for Canadian workers—including airline pilots.

Transport Minister Garneau’s commitment to strengthen the transportation system and its contribution to the Canadian economy, promote safety in transportation, expand open-data initiatives, and protect the environment are all long-held ALPA priorities. We look forward to working together to promote Canadian air transportation from this common ground.

Equally important, the current administration has already demonstrated support for Canadian workers. ALPA is encouraged that future federal policy will recognize the value that Canadian pilots and other airline employees provide to their companies and to the national air transportation system.

ALPA also welcomes the new administration’s pledge to enhance collaboration and transparency and to listen to and work with stakeholders about how government investment in transportation can support the economy while working to reduce climate change. Our union is eager to build on its already strong relationships with Canadian administration and regulatory agencies to achieve these shared goals.

At times, Canada’s own government policies and regulations have put Canadian airlines and their workers at a considerable economic disadvantage in the international marketplace. However, ALPA is optimistic that, by working together, these harmful policies can be swiftly corrected to align Canada’s national positions with a shared vision for a safe, secure, and competitive airline industry that provides good jobs for Canadian workers.

ALPA has developed this policy paper to outline specific areas where the Canadian government must adopt policies and regulations that advance an economically strong Canadian airline industry, promote safety, and foster careers for Canadian workers, now and in the future.

As the voice of airline pilots in Canada, ALPA will never cease to advocate on behalf of our industry and aggressively call for the real change that is necessary for Canadian airlines and their workers to maintain the highest standards of safety and thrive in the global marketplace.

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