OTTAWA, Feb. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Transportation Agency today
launched its consultations to seek broad public input on the
development of new regulations for air services price advertising. The
intent of the regulations is to ensure greater transparency for
Canadians and allow consumers to easily determine the total price of an
air service in order to make an informed choice.
On December 16, 2011, the Government of Canada announced that the
Canadian Transportation Agency would proceed with developing
regulations requiring air carriers to include all fees and taxes in
their advertised prices as per clause 27 of An Act to Amend the Canada Transportation Act and The Railway Safety Act
and to Make Consequential Amendments to Other Acts.
The online consultations will take place from February 13 to February
26, 2012 and can be accessed through the Canadian Transportation Agency
Web site at www.cta.gc.ca/airservicesadvertising .
"We are taking an inclusive approach by consulting with individual
Canadians and stakeholders, including industry and consumer groups,"
said Geoff Hare, Chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency.
"The collective input from this consultation process will be extremely
valuable to the Agency in developing effective regulations."
By joining the online dialogue and participating in the Agency's
innovative Idea Forum and/or providing a formal written submission, the
air industry, consumers and other interested parties across the country
will have the opportunity to submit their ideas and comments about
regulations on air services price advertising. It will also allow
Canadians across the country to connect with each other to share their
ideas on how to easily determine the full cost of air services in order
to make informed choices.
"In addition to our online consultations, we are meeting with the air
industry and consumer groups to seek their views on advertising prices
for air services," stated Mr. Hare. "We want to ensure that everyone
has an opportunity to be heard."
The input we receive will contribute to the Agency's drafting of airfare
price advertising regulations. Once this part of the consultation phase
is completed, the Agency will draft regulations and pre-publish them in
Part I of the Canada Gazette, to give all Canadians the opportunity to review and comment on the
draft regulations. It is expected that the final regulations will be
published in Part II of the Canada Gazette later this year.
About the Canadian Transportation Agency
The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent administrative body
of the Government of Canada. It performs two key functions within the
federal transportation system:
As a quasi-judicial tribunal, the Agency, informally and through formal
adjudication, resolves a range of commercial and consumer
transportation-related disputes, including accessibility issues for
persons with disabilities. It operates like a court when adjudicating
As an economic regulator, the Agency makes determinations and issues
authorities, licences and permits to transportation carriers under
SOURCE Canadian Transportation Agency
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