NAV CANADA announces workforce reductions and looks to
September 22, 2020 – Ottawa – NAV CANADA today made the
difficult decision to eliminate permanent jobs as the COVID-19 pandemic
continues to have a significant negative impact on global air traffic and on
the aviation industry. To adapt to the new realities of air traffic levels, the
company is also taking steps to safely streamline operations and will be
launching level of service reviews for certain aerodromes.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company had 5,100
employees nationwide. Including the previous reduction in staffing of temporary
employees in the spring and early retirements, the company has reduced more
than 720 jobs or 14 per cent of the workforce. NAV CANADA will continue to
monitor air traffic activity across the country and adapt its operations and
workforce accordingly as necessary.
“Undoubtedly, the company is in the midst of the toughest
moment in its history. NAV CANADA is not immune to the economic downturn and
severe financial impacts the aviation industry is experiencing,” said Neil
Wilson, President and CEO.
Cost containment strategies commenced as soon as the
pandemic was declared. Prior to today’s layoffs, NAV CANADA reduced management
compensation, deferred retroactive wage increases with bargaining units and
offered a voluntary retirement program to minimize cash outflows. NAV CANADA
has also benefited from the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy program.
NAV CANADA is working closely with labour unions to adapt
the size of its workforce in response to the persisting low air traffic levels.
The cuts are across all departments and include most of the current cohort of
The company will also close its flight information centres
in Winnipeg and Halifax. Pilots and dispatchers will continue to receive the
same vital information they need, including flight-planning services, in-depth
interpretive weather information and en-route flight information, which will be
provided by the remaining flight information centres. Air traffic services will
not be impacted by this change.
NAV CANADA must continue to fulfill its commitment to
efficiently run Canada’s air navigation system, ensuring that the services
supplied align with market demands. In the coming weeks, aeronautical studies
will be launched for multiple aerodromes to assess the level of service
required to provide safe and efficient operations for our airline, air cargo
and general aviation customers.
Aeronautical studies apply a safety-focused and Transport
Canada regulated process, which NAV CANADA has followed in support of its
globally recognized safety record for more than 20 years. This rigorous,
systematic approach provides for full consultation with all affected
stakeholders, with the key factor being safety.
“The aviation industry is contracting and faces profound
changes. We continue to monitor the impact of the pandemic and will continue to
take steps as they are necessary to align service with traffic levels while
maintaining the integrity of the air navigation system,” said Neil Wilson,
President and CEO.
Today’s changes will not have any operational impact on the
safe delivery of air navigation services across the country.
- A private,
non-profit corporation, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, airport
advisory services, weather briefings and aeronautical information services for
more than 18 million square kilometers of Canadian domestic and oceanic
- Under the
Civil Air Navigation Services Commercialization Act, NAV CANADA recovers its
operating expense through service charges from its customers on a breakeven
CANADA’s customers include airlines, air cargo operators, air charter
operators, air taxis, helicopter operators, and business and general aviation.
studies will be launched to assess levels of service in Saint-Jean QC,
Castlegar BC, Churchill MB, Dauphin, MB, High Level AB, Peace River AB, Brandon MB, Fort
Nelson BC, Fort St John BC, Inuvik NWT, Lloydminster AB, Norman Wells NWT, Port
Hardy BC, Prince Albert SK, Red Deer AB, Sept-Îles QC, Dawson Creek BC, Fort
McMurray AB, Flin Flon MB, The Pas MB, Buffalo Narrows SK, Kuujjuarapik QC,
Blanc Sablon QC, Natashquan QC, and Sydney NS. The terms of reference for these
studies will be posted on navcanada.ca in the coming weeks.
studies consider all relevant factors, including traffic volume, mix and
distribution throughout the day; weather; airport and airspace configuration;
surface activity; and the efficiency requirements of operators using the service.
Formal consultation with stakeholders is central to all aeronautical studies.
CANADA’s safety record is irrefutably one of the best in the world amongst air
navigation service providers. We have achieved this record based on a regulated
decision-making approach with safety at the very core of all that we do.
About NAV CANADA
NAV CANADA is a private, not-for-profit company, established
in 1996, providing air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather
briefings and aeronautical information services for more than 18 million square
kilometres of Canadian domestic and international airspace.
The Company is internationally recognized for its safety
record, and technology innovation. Air traffic management systems developed by
NAV CANADA are used by air navigation service providers in countries worldwide.
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