Regional Air Transport Initiative - Frequently asked questions
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- What is the Regional Air Transportation Initiative?
- What are the eligibility criteria and funding amounts in each region?
- When and how can I submit an application?
- Who can I contact if I have additional questions about RATI?
- Do I need to apply to other Government of Canada COVID-19 measures before accessing RATI?
- Are the contributions repayable or non-repayable?
- How will applications be assessed?
- Who is eligible for RATI funding?
- What costs are eligible?
- What costs are ineligible?
- I am in the air transportation sector, but I am not sure if this applies to me. Am I an eligible applicant?
- 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?
- Regional air transportation is essential to the economic development of communities, especially in rural or remote areas where this mode of transportation is often the most efficient for businesses and individuals.
- The Government of Canada is keenly aware of the economic impacts of the pandemic on regional air transportation ecosystems, which have affected both local economies and businesses.
- That is why, in addition to the measures already taken through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the Government of Canada launched the Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI), a national $206-million initiative over two years delivered by Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs). This includes $24.2 million being delivered by FedDev Ontario in southern Ontario. This initiative aims to support Canada’s regional air transportation ecosystems to remain operational through these difficult times and support the economic growth of our regions, while adapting to the new post-COVID-19 reality.
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.
- The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA): $41.2M in the four Atlantic provinces.
- Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED): $59.2M in Quebec.
- The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario): $24.2M in southern Ontario.
- The Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor): $24.2M in Northern Ontario.
- The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor): $2.6M in Northern Canada.
- Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD): $54.6M in the Western provinces.
3) When and how can I submit an application?
- Applicants are invited to contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-866-593-5505 to discuss the program and their eligibility. Eligible applicants will then be sent an application form for completion.
- Please note that applications submitted by April 30, 2021, will be prioritized.
- The initiative will end on March 31, 2022.
4) Who can I contact if I have additional questions about RATI?
Please email us at email@example.com 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?
- Contributions to not-for-profit organizations are generally non-repayable.
- Contributions to for-profit businesses are generally repayable or conditionally repayable.
- Contributions to Indigenous clients could be non-repayable.
7) How will applications be assessed?
- All applications will be assessed thoroughly against eligibility criteria, based on the objectives of the Initiative and on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are fully expended, with priority given to applications received by April 30, 2021.
8) Who is eligible for RATI funding?
- Regional and local air carriers;
- Regional and local airports; and
- Businesses, cooperatives, business groups, not-for-profit organizations and public institutions that are part of the regional air transportation ecosystem.
9) What costs are eligible?
- The cash flow needs of local and regional airports.
- The design and implementation of solutions for increased regional air transportation connectivity.
- The development and implementation of enhanced services by businesses and organizations of the ecosystem.
- Adaptation measures related to COVID-19.
All applicants are encouraged to contact FedDev Ontario at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss eligible costs in more detail.
10) What costs are ineligible?
- Compensation for recipients’ revenue losses
- Refinancing of an existing debt
- Purchase of an aircraft
- Aircraft fuel
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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