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NAV CANADA confirmed today that it is postponing the completion of Aeronautical Studies launched in September and November 2020. NAV CANADA intends to review the status of these Aeronautical Studies in 2022.

This decision follows NAV CANADA’s announcement in April that it was suspending studies related to northern and remote sites and limiting the scope of studies to hours of operation and evaluation of remote aerodrome advisory services. NAV CANADA will maintain this commitment as it relates to the current group of studies should they resume. 

NAV CANADA continues to assess the industry outlook to ensure that its decisions and the timing of its decisions reflect current realities and input from stakeholders.  We are encouraged by emerging signals that point to increases in future air traffic, including vaccination rates, easing of travel restrictions and public health measures and the plans of our airline customers.

NAV CANADA thanks its industry stakeholders for the important feedback they have provided through our consultation processes and remains committed to clear communication on future direction of our Aeronautical Studies – including the Notice of Proposal process which allows stakeholders to provide input on specific study findings prior to any submission to Transport Canada.

NAV CANADA remains unwavering in its commitment to safety, and any changes to the delivery of our services will be first and foremost evaluated in this context. The Company will continue to provide the air navigation services required to support industry today and throughout recovery.

Quick Facts

  • The Aeronautical Study process remains an important mechanism for the Air Navigation System to ensure that the right services are at the right places to ensure safety, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness for our operators.
  • Aeronautical 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.


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.