Montréal and ICAO: A Panoramic View of Our History
To commemorate the long-standing presence of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montréal, the Government of Canada proudly presents “Montréal and ICAO: A Panorama of Our History.” This photographic exhibit showcases Montréal’s historical contribution to international civil aviation and ICAO from 1907 to the present day.
The International Civil Aviation Organization is a United Nations specialized agency responsible for setting global standards for the international civil aviation system. ICAO works on behalf of its 191 member states to achieve the safe, efficient, secure and sustainable development of civil aviation in every region of the world.
Brief History of ICAO in Montréal
On May 21, 1946, the Provisional International Civil Aviation Organization (PICAO) hosted a plenary meeting in Montréal where 400 international delegates selected Montréal as PICAO’s permanent headquarters. Montréal was recognized as a strategic centre of economic, scientific, technical and aeronautical expertise. On April 4, 1947, PICAO became ICAO under the Chicago Convention.
Between 1946 and 2013, Montréal hosted 30 ICAO/PICAO international meetings, enabling the improvement of the air transport network in every region of the world.
Montréal and ICAO
Canada, the Province of Quebec and the City of Montréal have proudly hosted ICAO since its inception in 1947. Today, Montréal is still recognized as a global centre of international aviation as it is home to international industry associations, airline service companies, manufacturing centres, research development parks and educational facilities, all contributing to ICAO’s success.
On May 27, 2013, ICAO and Canada signed a new Supplementary Headquarters Agreement, securing ICAO’s presence in Montréal long into the future.
Location and Tour Schedule
The exhibit will be open to the public from October 12-26, 2013. Guided tours of the ICAO art collection will be offered during the weekends at 10 a.m. (French), 11:00 a.m. (English), 1 p.m. (French) and 2 p.m. (English) at “La Maison de l’OACI” located at 999 University Street. Tours will be on a first come first serve basis.
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