A new “Passenger Bill of Rights” and other potential legislative changes affecting the Canadian airline industry

Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act (the “Act”), had its 2nd reading in the House of Commons on June 19, 2017.  The Act consists of a package of amendments to the Canada Transportation Act, S.C. 1996, c. 10, as well as other pieces of legislation. However, its main focus is on the introduction of a new airline passenger bill of rights.  Other key amendments include a wider definition of “Canadian” to allow for an increase in foreign investment in air service providers, as well as provisions to promote joint ventures between air service providers while ensuring healthy competition in the industry.  Transport Canada has stated that the purpose of the legislation is to ensure a better experience for travellers while promoting transparency, system efficiency, and fairness. Passenger Bill of Rights Section 19 of the Act will amend the Canada Transportation Act by requiring that the Canadian Transportation Agency (“CTA”)…

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