Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI) in the Prairie provinces

Applications are no longer being accepted.

The Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI) was a $206 million national initiative that aimed to help regional air transportation ecosystems affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. It supported regional and local air carriers and airports that are critical regional transportation hubs or fill essential service gaps in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This support enabled the air transportation system across the Prairie provinces to remain operational through these difficult times and continue to support the economic growth of our communities.

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How and when to apply

Eligible applicants

Eligible activities could include

Note that activities not supported under the RATI include compensation for revenue losses, refinancing of an existing debt, the purchase of an airplane, and airplane fuel.

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Additional context

This 2-year national initiative was delivered by Canada’s 7 regional development agencies (RDAs). The RATI was in addition to the measures in Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan and complemented measures implemented by Transport Canada to support the air transportation sector.

The objective of the initiative is to contribute to the economic development of a community through the maintenance, restoration or addition of regional air service, and the increase in air passenger volumes.

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