Canadian Air Defence Identification Zone now aligned with Canada’s sovereign airspace

News release

May 24, 2018 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The alignment of the Canadian Air Defence Identification Zone (CADIZ) with Canada’s sovereign airspace and its approaches became effective today at 9:01 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) through the publication of revised coordinates in aviation publications.

Today’s implementation of the new CADIZ marks the completion of a commitment made by the Government in Strong, Secure, Engaged – Canada’s Defence Policy.

The newly aligned CADIZ covers the entirety of the Canadian Arctic archipelago and will facilitate increased awareness of the air traffic approaching and operating in Canada’s sovereign airspace.


Quotes

“Canada remains committed to supporting the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The alignment of the Canadian Air Defence Identification Zone with our sovereign airspace and its approaches is another expression of our responsibility for the Arctic. It is also a significant milestone in implementing yet another initiative from our Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

Quick facts

  • Air Defence Identification Zones (ADIZ) are tools used by states to monitor and identify aircraft approaching their sovereign airspace and assess possible threats to national security. It is a common practice in the international community.

  • The Canadian Air Defence Identification Zone (CADIZ) is now aligned with Canada’s sovereign airspace and its approaches. The CADIZ alignment covers the entire Canadian Arctic archipelago.

  • The Canadian Armed Forces, along with Transport Canada and Nav Canada, have worked together to implement the change smoothly with minimal impact to the aviation community, through notices in appropriate aviation publications affecting transit into Canada’s sovereign airspace.

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Contacts

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353
Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca


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