The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening its important trade and investment relationship with China. To this end, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced an expansion of the Canada-China Air Transport Agreement, which will benefit travellers and businesses in various sectors of the Canadian economy, including the tourism industry. The expanded agreement, which replaces the 2005 Air Services Agreement, will facilitate the movement of goods, services and people and help Canadian businesses and airlines to grow and compete by providing them with greater choices in airline services, destinations as well as lower prices.
More specifically, the new agreement will:
The provisions contained within the expanded Air Transport Agreement are immediately available to airlines of both countries. Canada and China have also agreed to meet again in 2013 to consider further expansion of the agreement.
The Air Transport Agreement is part of the Government's Blue Sky Policy, which aims to create opportunities and jobs in various sectors of the economy - including trade and tourism - through expanded air service at home and abroad.
Since November 2006, Canada’s Blue Sky Policy has encouraged long-term, sustainable competition and the development of new and expanded international air services. Under this policy, the Government of Canada has concluded open, new or expanded air transport agreements with close to 60 countries.