International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Timeline

March 11, 2013: ICAO Council endorses the Supplementary Headquarters Agreement 2016-2036 between the Government of Canada and ICAO, and authorizes ICAO’s Secretary General to sign it with Canada. Final reviews of the legal text began right away.

April 22, 2013: Qatari delegation visits Montréal and presents a proposal to host the ICAO headquarters in Doha. Canada, Quebec and Montréal immediately began targeted démarches around the world. In the weeks that followed, nearly 100 countries were approached to explain the many benefits of keeping ICAO in Montréal.

May 2, 2013: A motion that Montréal should remain the host city of ICAO is introduced by Minister Baird in the House of Commons and passed unanimously. A similar motion is introduced and also passed unanimously in the Quebec National Assembly.

May 2-3, 2013: Minister Baird, Transport Minister Denis Lebel, Quebec Minister Lisée and Montréal Mayor Applebaum publicly launch at ICAO a high-profile Team Montréal campaign to keep ICAO in Montréal. This prompted many organizations, corporations and other stakeholders to join the push to keep ICAO in Montréal.

May 3, 2013: ICAO Council members reject a motion to move the 2013 Assembly from Montréal to Doha.

May 16, 2013: As a result of feedback received from ICAO and its member states, Canada announces concrete improvements to the support it provides to ICAO and representatives of its member states in Montréal.

May 23, 2013: Qatar informs Canada and ICAO Secretary General of its decision to withdraw its offer.

May 24, 2013: ICAO Secretary General advises Council of Qatar’s decision to withdraw its proposal. Team Montreal welcomes Qatar’s withdrawal. 

May 27, 2013: Canada and ICAO sign the Supplementary Headquarters Agreement covering 2016-2036.