Regional Air Transportation Initiative
The Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI) aims to help Atlantic Canada’s air transportation ecosystems affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. This support will enable the ecosystems to remain operational through these difficult times and continue to support the economic growth of our region.
This national initiative has a total budget of $206 million over two years. It is being delivered by Canada’s six regional development agencies (RDAs), including the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, which has an allocation of $41.2 million. The RATI is in addition to the measures in Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan and complements measures to be implemented by Transport Canada to support the air transportation sector.
Eligible funding recipients
- Regional and local air carriers
- Regional and local airports
- Businesses, cooperatives, business groups, not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) and public institutions that are part of the regional air transportation ecosystem
Examples of ineligible funding recipients include
- Air carriers with outstanding ticket refund issues
- Carriers involved in ongoing negotiations with the Government of Canada
- The design and implementation of solutions for increased regional air transportation connectivity, to complement other federal measures and in particular those that Transport Canada is implementing
- The development and implementation of enhanced services to support regional connectivity
- The cash flow needs of regional and local airports
- Adaptation and modernization measures to maintain and improve operations
Certain costs may be eligible retroactively to April 1, 2020.
Examples of ineligible activities
- Compensation for revenue losses
- Refinancing of an existing debt
- The purchase of an airplane
- Airplane fuel
Types of support
- Contributions to non-profit organizations are generally non-repayable.
- Contributions to small and medium enterprises are generally repayable or conditionally repayable, including a portion that could become non-repayable.
- Contributions to Indigenous funding recipients could be non-repayable.
Consult our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.
Submitting an application
Applications submitted by April 30, 2021 will be prioritized.
To find out if RATI fits your needs, or for any other question on this initiative, contact ACOA Business Information Services at 1-888-576-4444. We will be able to provide information and advice to guide you in submitting your project while taking into consideration priorities for action and the availability of funds.
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