Regional Air Transportation Initiative


The Regional Air Transportation Initiative IS CLOSED and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is no longer accepting applications.

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.

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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

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.

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Grants and Contributions Awarded

To find more details on recipients of the Regional Air Transportation Initiative, you can search the Open Government Portal site using the keywords “Regional Air Transportation”

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