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

Examples of ineligible funding recipients include

Eligible activities

Certain costs may be eligible retroactively to April 1, 2020.

Examples of ineligible activities

Financial support

Types of support

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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