NAV CANADA announces additional workforce change
December 9, 2020 – Ottawa – NAV CANADA announced the
continuation of its restructuring efforts which will impact approximately 180
jobs across the country, including layoffs of operational and technology staff.
A detailed review of historical air traffic, the current
environment and longer term traffic forecasts informed these changes.
Altogether, NAV CANADA has eliminated around 900 jobs, or 17.5 per cent of its
workforce since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
NAV CANADA continues an open and transparent dialogue with
its unions and remains committed to meeting our obligations under the
collective agreements. Today’s decisions are only made after careful
consideration of our core mandates of safety and service and will not have any
operational impact on the safe delivery of air navigation services across
Since the beginning of the pandemic, NAV CANADA has taken
unprecedented measures to drive our operating expenses down. Our phased
approach has included, elimination of executive positions, management salary
and bonus program reductions, changes to part of the pension plan applicable to
management, ending terms of temporary employees, agreements with unions to
suspend programs, early retirement and departure incentives, and an across the
board reduction of all non-essential, non-critical activities.
The restructuring of some of our organizational business
units, the adjustments of our workforce, and the proposed changes to our level
of service since the beginning of the pandemic, are critical steps to align
operations and services with air traffic and strengthen the sustainability of
For details on our proposed level of service changes, refer
to the following news release.
“While the decision to make these changes was very
difficult, the restructuring is critical as NAV CANADA continues to safely and
responsibly streamline its operations to adapt to today’s realities. In
navigating the most challenging period of the Company’s history, we must
rethink how we deliver air navigation services across the country to ensure the
continued strength and resilience of our national air navigation system,” said
Neil Wilson, President and CEO.
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
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.
- 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.
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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