The Canadian Transportation Agency
is an independent administrative tribunal
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of the Government of Canada that makes decisions relating to federally-regulated modes of transportation (air, rail and marine). Its headquarters are in the Jules Léger Building (South) (Édifice Jules Léger (Sud)) in Terrasses de la Chaudière
Terrasses de la Chaudière is a complex of government office buildings in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. The complex was built in 1978 as part of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's initiative to see more federal workers based in the Quebec side of the Ottawa River. It was built by developer Robert Campeau...
Gatineau is a city in western Quebec, Canada. It is the fourth largest city in the province. It is located on the northern banks of the Ottawa River, immediately across from Ottawa, Ontario, and together they form Canada's National Capital Region. Ottawa and Gatineau comprise a single Census...
Quebec or is a province in east-central Canada. It is the only Canadian province with a predominantly French-speaking population and the only one whose sole official language is French at the provincial level....
It is responsible for:
- dispute resolution
Dispute resolution is the process of resolving disputes between parties.-Methods:Methods of dispute resolution include:* lawsuits * arbitration* collaborative law* mediation* conciliation* many types of negotiation* facilitation...
: to resolve complaints about transportation services, fares, rates, and charges;
- accessibility: to ensure that the national transportation system is accessible, particularly to persons with disabilities; and
- economic regulation: to provide approvals, licences and to make decisions on matters involving federally-regulated air, rail and marine transportation.
The Agency is divided into five branches: Chair's Office; Corporate Management Branch; Legal and Alternative Dispute Resolution Services Branch; Dispute Resolution Branch; Industry Regulation and Determinations Branch.
The Agency is headed by five full-time members, including the Chairman (who is also the Chief Executive Officer
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), and the Vice Chairman.
The Canada Transportation Act is the Agency's enabling statute to implement the federal government's transportation policy. The Agency also shares responsibility for administering other Acts and their related regulations, including:
- Canada Marine Act,
- Pilotage Act,
- Coasting Trade Act, and
- Railway Safety Act
Rail regulations in Canada are set by Transport Canada and the Canadian Transportation Agency.-Scope:Federal regulations apply only to certain railways which meet one or more of the following conditions:* They operate in more than one province....