Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau has an ambitious timeline to implement an Air Passenger Bill of Rights (APBR) in time for the Summer 2019 Travel Season. The first draft of proposals was released in December with feedback required by February 20, 2019. Final proposals are expected this Spring with an implementation promised in time for summer travel.
ACTA has been involved in consultations for over a year with the Ministry and we generally support the APBR initiative, provided that enough study rules out unintended consequences of the final proposals.
Heather Craig-Peddie, Vice President Advocacy and Member Relations for ACTA says, “We have some concerns that a few of the early proposals require more study of the financial impacts, so we are less concerned about a quick implementation this summer than we are in making sure the right proposals are in place. If more time is needed to assess financial impacts, we hope the Ministry will take that time rather than rush implementation by this summer.”
We will continue to update you on any new developments. Attached is ACTA’s response to the draft proposals submitted by the February 20, 2019 deadline.