Aerodromes and Airports Policy and Requirements

An aerodrome is any area of land, water (including a frozen surface) or other supporting surface used for aircraft landings or take-offs (legal definition). Transport Canada:

  • Only certifies and inspects an aerodrome if it meets certification criteria, such as having scheduled air services.
  • Considers only certified aerodromes as airports.

System of Airports in Canada

There are 300 airports in Canada. Some are owned by airport authorities, and others by Transport Canada.

National Airports Policy

The Government of Canada recognizes the need for a realistic vision and new partnerships to move the Canadian transportation system into the 21st century. [More.]

Safety Regulations and Standards

Airports must have TC-approved safety management systems in place and comply with airport safety standards.

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