Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC)

The Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC) is a group focused on creating and updating the Canadian Aviation Regulations and standards. The group is a joint effort between Transport Canada and Canada’s aviation industry.

The group serves 3 main functions, it:

  • consults the public and stakeholders on matters related to the Canadian Aviation Regulations and standards
  • hosts an annual plenary
  • keeps the public and stakeholders informed on regulatory developments

CARAC’s Management Charter and Manual of Procedures were last updated in 2016. These documents are currently being updated by the Regulatory Affairs team. Until the new versions are finished, please refer to the Cabinet Directive on Regulation or email us your questions:

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Become a CARAC member

Participate in consultations to update the Canadian Aviation Regulations and standards. Transport Canada starts the regulatory process with consultations, opened to CARAC members and the public, on changes to existing regulations and standards or on the creation of new ones. You can be notified of all upcoming consultations by becoming a CARAC member. Notices are regularly sent to CARAC members to keep them updated on how Transport Canada is supporting the aviation industry, and to notify them of important information including the issuance of Interim orders, the coming into effect of new and amended regulations and standards, and on the issuance of regulatory exemptions.

To become a CARAC member subscribe to our mailing list via the subscription form.

Consultations and events

CARAC helps Transport Canada’s regulatory and technical experts consult with the public and civil aviation stakeholders on policy and regulatory initiatives related to the Canadian Aviation Regulations and standards. You can participate in the development of the regulations and standards that interest you by submitting your comments. You can consult the list of ongoing consultations, or search for previous consultations, in the links below. 


The CARAC also organises and hosts a yearly plenary where Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation Branch and the civil aviation industry meet to discuss priorities, and policy and regulatory initiatives.

November 23 to 25, 2021
19th CARAC Plenary
Documents shared during the event
May 20, 2021
April 24 to 25, 2019
February 22, 2018

Civil aviation initiatives

Civil Aviation initiatives provide information on planned regulatory initiatives related to civil aviation that Transport Canada expects to bring forward over a two-year period, which are included in the Forward Regulatory Plan. It also lists public consultations that might interest you and departmental contact information for each planned initiative. To access the current list of planned initiatives you can click on the link below.

Civil Aviation initiatives planned for April 2022 – April 2024

Industry events

May 11 and 12, 2022
Congrès de L'association québécoise du transport aérien (AQTA) 2022 (held in French)
Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC
Event information (only available in French)
May 17 and 18, 2022
Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) Spring Event
Ottawa, ON
Event information
November 15 to 17, 2022
Canadian Aviation Conference & Tradeshow
Vancouver, BC
Event information


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