Minister Garneau celebrates important Canadian aviation milestones on National Aviation Day


February 22, 2019               Ottawa               Transport Canada

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, issued today this statement regarding National Aviation Day:

“On February 23, 1909, Pilot J.A.D. McCurdy flew the Silver Dart from Baddeck, Nova Scotia, launching Canada as a worldwide leader in aviation. This moment is something we celebrate each year on National Aviation Day.

“Those first flights prompted the Government of Canada to build a future where civil aviation operations in Canada are safe and secure. For the past 100 years, every aircraft, airport, ground and air crewmember has been required to meet the regulations of the Aeronautics Act.

“Today, I want to recognize all the public service employees who have worked to build, amend and enforce the Aeronautics Act and aviation regulations.  We owe the safety of our skies to their collective dedication and professionalism over the past century.

“Canada’s aerospace industry generates $29.8 billion in annual revenues; represents 211,000 direct and indirect jobs in Canada; 140,000 jobs in the airlines, airports and related services industry and 5% of all jobs in the North.

“I want to recognize the many people, including airline and airport employees, flight crews, engineers, air traffic controllers and maintenance workers, who help maintain the safety of aviation for all Canadians and keep Canada's aviation system one of the safest in the world.

“It is possible to live your dream of flying or helping others fly.  The sky is the limit for the future of this industry and I encourage everyone—especially youth, Indigenous Peoples and women to pursue careers in Canadian aviation and aerospace.”


Delphine Denis
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

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