Frequently Asked Questions: Regional Air Transportation Initiative
Why launch such an initiative?
- Regional air transportation is essential to the sound economic development of communities, especially in rural or remote areas where this mode of transportation is often the most efficient for both businesses and individuals.
- The Government of Canada is keenly aware of the economic impacts of the pandemic on regional air transportation ecosystems, which have affected both local economies and businesses.
- That is why, in addition to the measures already taken through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is launching the Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI), an initiative worth $206 million, including $41.2 million for Atlantic Canada, which aims to support regional air transportation ecosystems, particularly in the development and implementation of improved services.
Who is delivering RATI?
- The RATI will be implemented by Canada’s Regional Development Agencies:
- The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) in the four Atlantic provinces.
- Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) in Quebec.
- The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) in Southern Ontario.
- The Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor) in Northern Ontario.
- The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) in Northern Canada.
- Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) in the Western provinces.
What is the RATI budget? How will funding be allocated by region?
- This initiative has a budget of $206 million. These funds are distributed as follows:
- Atlantic provinces: $41.2 million
- Quebec: $59.2 million
- Southern Ontario: $24.2 million
- Northern Ontario: $24.2 million
- Northern Canada: $2.6 million
- Western provinces: $54.6 million
- Atlantic provinces: $41.2 million
Are the eligibility criteria the same for all regions?
The criteria for obtaining funding through RATI are the same in all regions of Atlantic Canada. Eligible activities include:
- The cash flow needs of local and regional airports
- The design and implementation of solutions for increased regional air transportation connectivity, to complement the measures implemented by Transport Canada
- The development and implementation of enhanced services
- Adaptation measures following the COVID-19 pandemic
Are the contributions repayable or non-repayable?
- Contributions to non-profit organizations are generally non-repayable.
- Contributions to small and medium-sized enterprises are generally repayable or conditionally repayable, including a portion that could become non-repayable.
- Contributions to Indigenous applicants could be non-repayable.
When/until when can I submit an application?
- You can apply now. For details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, contact the ACOA Business Information Services at 1-888-576-4444, or visit the ACOA website.
- The initiative comes to an end on March 31, 2022.
I am a regional or local air carrier with regional routes connecting more than one province or territory. Which RDA should I contact?
You should contact the RDA responsible for the region where your head office is located. The RDA will advise you on the next steps, based on the nature of your project.
How will applications be assessed?
Each eligible application will be assessed thoroughly, based on the objectives of RATI until funds are fully expended.
I have additional questions about RATI. What should I do?
You should contact the ACOA Business Information Services at 1-888-576-4444 for any additional questions you may have. 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 funding.
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