Mandatory safety measures for parachuting activities

    OTTAWA, March 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced new measures to
improve the safety of parachuting activities in Canada.
    Proposed amendments to the Canadian Aviation Regulations would ensure
that individuals and organizations comply with the safety standards of
national parachute organizations. These standards include the training of
student parachutists and instructor certification.
    "The Government of Canada has worked with stakeholders to clarify the
regulations and provide enforceable standards," said Minister Cannon. "These
changes will help ensure that individuals and organizations are accountable
for parachuting safety."
    The proposed amendments provide a regulatory and safety framework for
organizations providing parachute training, by making previously voluntary
standards, procedures and technical recommendations developed and maintained
by the parachute community, mandatory.
    The proposed amendments were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on
March 15, 2008. A 60-day response period follows, during which time interested
parties may comment on the amendments. After careful consideration of all
comments received, Transport Canada will finalize the regulations and publish
them in the Canada Gazette, Part II.

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Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700;
Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is
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