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Increasing Global Connectivity & Economic Value Through Canada’s International Airports

Explore the economic impact of the international airports in Canada’s seven largest metropolitan areas.

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The international airports in Canada’s seven largest metros generate significant GDP and often represent the second-largest employment district in their Region. They are prime economic engines requiring supportive policies, government services and transit connectivity. 

However, Canada’s major airports face connectivity challenges and noticeably lack higher-order ground transit for travellers. They also suffer from screening challenges related to a lack of technology and globally competitive service standards. 

This report makes the following key recommendations for maximizing the value of Canada’s major airports: 

  • Adopt an internationally competitive service standard 
  • Implement a targeted screening approach 
  • Foster the development of global air transit hubs 
  • Strategically align immigration and border facilitation for priority markets in tourism, investment and education 
  • Develop airport transit and multi-modal hubs  

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Learn how Canada can unlock the full economic value of its international airports.
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