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Regional Air Transport Initiative - Frequently asked questions

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  1. What is the Regional Air Transportation Initiative?
  2. What are the eligibility criteria and funding amounts in each region?
  3. When and how can I submit an application?
  4. Who can I contact if I have additional questions about RATI?
  5. Do I need to apply to other Government of Canada COVID-19 measures before accessing RATI?
  6. Are the contributions repayable or non-repayable?
  7. How will applications be assessed?
  8. Who is eligible for RATI funding?
  9. What costs are eligible?
  10. What costs are ineligible?
  11. I am in the air transportation sector, but I am not sure if this applies to me. Am I an eligible applicant?
  12. My business/organization is not part of the air travel sector, but has been affected by COVID-19. Do you have other support available?

1) What is the Regional Air Transportation Initiative?

2) What are the eligibility criteria and funding amounts in each region?

For more information on eligibility criteria, please contact the regional development agency in your region.

3) When and how can I submit an application?

4) Who can I contact if I have additional questions about RATI?

Please email us at fdo.rati-itar.fdo@canada.ca or call 1-866-593-5505 if you have additional questions.

5) Do I need to apply to other Government of Canada COVID-19 measures before accessing RATI?

Applicants are not required to have accessed other COVID-19 relief measures prior to applying for RATI, but if they have accessed or attempted to access these measures, they are required to inform FedDev Ontario in their Application for Funding.

Applicants may still be eligible for RATI irrespective of whether or not they have accessed other measures, however, FedDev Ontario will not provide funding that duplicates support received through other federal COVID-19 relief measures.

Total government assistance for supported projects will not exceed 100 percent of a project’s approved costs.

6) Are the contributions repayable or non-repayable?

7) How will applications be assessed?

8) Who is eligible for RATI funding?

9) What costs are eligible?

All applicants are encouraged to contact FedDev Ontario at fdo.rati-itar.fdo@canada.ca to discuss eligible costs in more detail.

10) What costs are ineligible?

Funding will not duplicate support received through other federal COVID-19 relief measures.

11) I am in the air transportation sector, but I am not sure if this applies to me. Am I an eligible applicant?

After reviewing our RATI webpage and FAQ, please contact us to discuss the program in more detail and if it is a fit for your organization.

12) My business/organization is not part of the air travel sector, but has been affected by COVID-19. Do you have other support available?

The Government of Canada has introduced a number of measures in support of businesses, organizations and communities through the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. Central to this is the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF). FedDev Ontario is delivering the RRRF to businesses and organizations in southern Ontario that have been impacted by COVID-19 and have been unable to access other federal relief measures, or need more support. Please visit our RRRF webpage for more information.

FedDev Ontario also delivers core funding streams in support of innovation and growth in southern Ontario, as well as targeted national programs to support specific needs. Please visit our Funding Opportunities page for more information.

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