Original language of petition: French
On July 15, 2019, Canada’s Air Passenger Protection Regulations (APPR) came into effect. The APPR impose minimum standards and requirements if a flight is delayed or cancelled. These vary depending on whether the reason is within the airline's control, outside of the airline’s control, or within the airline’s control but required for safety reasons. The APPR include limited provisions for flights delayed or cancelled for reasons outside of the carrier's control.
Air carriers are facing significant revenue losses that are placing them in a highly precarious financial position as a result of the pandemic and resulting travel bans and low travel demand. Air carriers have indicated that their industry is at risk due to the COVID-19 air travel downturn. Although carriers have provided refunds for some types of tickets, they have predominantly issued vouchers for tickets cancelled due to COVID-19. This has led to concerns among passengers who seek cash refunds. The Government is very sympathetic toward passengers being issued vouchers who want a cash refund. Canadians may be facing financial difficulties and could thus benefit from a refund for their cancelled trip due to the pandemic.
On November 9, 2020, the Minister of Transport announced a willingness to enter into negotiations with airlines on potential assistance, but made it clear the provision of refunds would be a condition of such support.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
|Province / Territory||Signatures|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||201|
|Prince Edward Island||55|