The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development presents its compliments to Their Excellencies the Heads of Diplomatic Missions and notified Chargés d’affaires, a.i. accredited to Canada, as well as to the Permanent Representatives to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Member States of ICAO, and has the honour to inform that the Government of Canada is presenting its candidacy for re-election to the ICAO Council in Category One. The election will take place during the 38th session of the Assembly of ICAO in Montréal from September 24 to October 4, 2013.
Canada is a founding member of ICAO, and has served on Council of the Organization since its creation. Canada is proud to be the host state of ICAO, with the Headquarters of the Organization located in Montréal. Canada’s financial contribution to ICAO is the eighth largest under the ICAO system of assessments. In the months leading up to the Assembly, Canada has spent $1.4 million dollars of renovations to the ICAO headquarters; investments that are part of Canada’s renewed commitments to ICAO. As host, Canada further finances 75% of the costs related to the Headquarters building, and if our annual assessment is added to this sum, it represents a $26 million annual contribution to the ICAO. Canada’s support will be increased under the new Supplementary Headquarters Agreement that will come into force in 2016.
As Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of geography, covering more than 5 500 km from Atlantic to Pacific and through the Arctic, it has over 35 000 registered aircraft, the second largest civil aviation registry in the world. Moreover, Canadian air traffic control centres help to guide almost all trans-Atlantic flights and most trans-Pacific flights with destinations in key North American population centres. It is clear that Canada is one of the states of chief importance in international air transportation.
Canada contributes funds, materiel and personnel to numerous ICAO safety, security and technical assistance and cooperation programs, often directly benefiting developing member states. In addition, Canada is a major contributor to the ongoing development of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices through ICAO Panels and Working Groups. Canada has a strong history in sharing expertise and resources to advance international civil aviation.
Canada has ratified almost all international air transport legal instruments created under the authority of ICAO, including instruments related to security of aviation and airports, and all protocols of the Convention on International Civil Aviation and the Montréal Convention of 1999.
Canada is also a major aerospace development hub. It has more than 700 aerospace related companies with more than 170 000 employees generating $22.8 billion in international commerce. Canada invests $1.2 billion annually in research and development investments, $600 million invested within the Greater Montréal area alone. There are over 10 aerospace research centres and universities and numerous international aviation organizations headquartered in Montreal, making the city a global international aviation center.
The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development avails itself of this opportunity to renew to Their Excellencies the Heads of Diplomatic Missions and notified Chargés d’affaires, a.i. accredited to Canada, as well as to the Permanent Representatives to the International Civil Aviation Organization the Member States of ICAO, the assurances of its highest consideration.
Ottawa, September 13, 2013