Selon une toute nouvelle étude, cette industrie apporte une contribution de 9,3$ milliards à l’économie canadienne

OTTAWA – L’Association canadienne des propriétaires et pilotes d’aéronefs (COPA) a rendu publique ce jeudi une nouvelle étude qui met en relief l’impact économique des activités de l’Aviation générale sur les collectivités canadiennes et sur l’économie dans l’ensemble du Canada. Effectuée par la société InterVISTAS de Vancouver, l’étude évalue à 9,3$ milliards annuellement la contribution de l’Aviation générale au rendement économique pancanadien, ce qui inclut le maintien de près de 36 000 emplois à plein temps à travers le pays. Le rapport souligne également les retombées fiscales engendrées par cette activité au profit de la communauté, de même que ses effets sur l’emploi direct ou indirect.

“Au premier chef, cette étude illustre l’importance très réelle de maintenir l’infrastructure de l’Aviation générale dans les communautés de l’ensemble du Canada, y compris les aéroports locaux, affirme Bernard Gervais, le président et chef de la direction de COPA. L’Aviation générale constitue un élément critique du réseau de transport, en ce qu’elle contribue à relier entre elles les localités tout en créant des emplois et des débouchés pour les Canadiens. COPA a donc bien l’intention de coopérer avec les communautés de façon à concrétiser l’impact de l’industrie dans leurs régions.”

L’Aviation générale décrit pratiquement toutes les activités de l’aviation civile, à l’exception du transport aérien régulier ou des services de charter. Les catégories les mieux connues de l’Aviation générale incluent l’aviation privée, l’aviation d’affaires, l’aviation agricole et la formation des pilotes. Selon les estimations les plus récentes du Conseil international des propriétaires et pilotes d’aéronefs (IAOPA), la communauté mondiale de l’Aviation générale compte 350 000 aéronefs et 700 000 pilotes, qui contribuent annuellement au maintien de cette activité. Par comparaison, l’aviation commerciale regroupe 60 000 aéronefs et 400 000 pilotes. Ces chiffres dramatisent l’importance du secteur de l’Aviation générale à travers le monde.

COPA représente plus de 17 000 pilotes et propriétaires d’aéronefs à travers le pays et agit comme le porte-parole de facto de toute l’Aviation générale au Canada. En accomplissant sa mission qui est de faire progresser, promouvoir et préserver la liberté canadienne de voler, COPA se retrouve constamment à l’avant-garde quand il s’agit de défendre les intérêts des pilotes, de leurs appareils et les aéroports de toutes les localités à travers le Canada. COPA coopère également avec tous les niveaux de gouvernement pour assurer un bel avenir à l’Aviation générale. Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez rendre visite au site copanational.org.

Si vous désirez des précisions additionnelles sur l’importance économique de l’Aviation générale au Canada, veuillez entrer en contact avec Carter Mann, Directeur des affaires gouvernementales et des communications à 613-236-4901 x112 ou par courriel à cmann@copanational.org.

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New study highlights industry’s $9.3B output to Canada’s economy

OTTAWA – Today, the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) released a new study that highlights the economic impact general aviation contributes to Canadian communities and to the national economy. The study, compiled by Vancouver-based InterVISTAS, estimates that general aviation operations in Canada contributes $9.3 billion in economic output nationally and directly accounts for almost 20,000 full time jobs in communities across the country.  The report also highlights the benefits that general aviation operations bring to communities in terms of tax revenues, direct, and indirect employment.

“This study shows the real importance of maintaining the general aviation infrastructure in communities across Canada, including local airports,” said Bernard Gervais, President and CEO of COPA. “General Aviation is a critical element of the transportation network and one that helps connect communities and create jobs and opportunities for Canadians. COPA looks forward to continuing to work with communities across Canada to realize the impact that the industry has in their regions.”

General aviation (GA) describes all civil aviation operations that are not scheduled air services, or unscheduled air services for hire. The most common GA activities include private aviation, business aviation, agricultural aviation and flight training. According to recent estimates by the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA),  there are more than 350,000 aircraft and 700,000 pilots worldwide who participate in the global GA community on an annual basis. In comparison, commercial aviation accounts for only 60,000 aircraft and 400,000 pilots. This demonstrates the vast size and significance of the GA sector, worldwide.

COPA represents over 17,000 pilots and aircraft owners across the country and is the national voice for General Aviation in Canada. Through the mission of advancing, promoting, and preserving the Canadian Freedom to Fly, COPA is at the forefront on issues that affect pilots, aircraft and airports in communities across Canada and is an active partner with all levels of government in ensuring a bright future for general aviation. For more information, visit copanational.org.

If you would like more information on the economic impact of general aviation in Canada, please contact Carter Mann, Manager of Government Affairs and Communications at 613-236-4901×112 or by email at cmann@copanational.org.

Click here to download a copy of the report.



President’s Corner – June 2017

Last May 9, I was invited to the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport in Ontario for the launch of a new initiative, the Southern Ontario Airport Network (SOAN).

In a nutshell, a group of eleven airports is networking to better serve the community and the growing demand for air travel through the Southern Ontario area, defining and developing a major hub as has been done in New York or London (UK), for example. I sense a clear vision and approach, diametrically opposed to the failed Montreal Dorval-Mirabel — often called Miserabel — hub that never took off and died. SOAN is looking at a 30-year horizon and getting ready for it right now. Since this is mainly about scheduled passengers, airlines, regional airlines and transport, why should I be concerned enough to write about such an initiative? First of all, we need to applaud the vision, the actions taken on the foresight based on local facts and what has been done around the world. And on a personal basis, I like the “let’s network” approach instead of the “follow-me” approach Pearson (CYYZ) could have taken on their own. But the main reason that we, COPA and our sister associations should be interested, is the fact that general aviation is an integral part of the development and the success of the new hub. There is recognition of GA’s contribution and its necessity, all spelled out in the project’s white paper. The long term goal in 15 to 30 years is that “General aviation activity has grown throughout the network and the resultant labour needs are being supported”. The SOAN seems to recognize that GA is the basis of the system. While at the presentation, it was great to hear many of the stakeholders coming back to the importance of GA, that these airports as critical to our sector of aviation and the future of the greater air travel sector. For some reason, I feel this is the closest we have ever been to a general aviation policy in the country, and it comes from the private sector. More details can be found here: https://www.soairportnetwork.com

COPA Flights Consultation
As I write these lines, I can proudly say we have started our COPA Flights consultation exercise. Right now a pilot project, we went out to two regions and met with around twenty-five captains and co-captains, exchanging on various subjects. The sessions will absolutely be beneficial to COPA. Carter Mann, your Manager of Govt. Affairs and Communications, will be writing something up in the next few weeks.

Another Mid-Summer Surprise Next Month!
Remember last July, as we went from a newspaper to a magazine? It was a big surprise that cut the cost of publishing in half (so we can do more with our finances, providing more aviation services in line with our mission) and brought us in the twenty-first century? Well this year, we are coming up with yet another major surprise in July, which will be unveiled at the Thursday night BBQ of our convention in Kelowna. Big stuff. You should really be there…really. It’s big, really big. But on top of that, in Kelowna you can expect major announcements from Transport Canada senior executives, a presentation of our GA Economic Impact Study and much much more. Yup you should really be there! www.copaagm2017.ca

COPA 2017 By-election: Newfoundland-Labrador Call for nominations

COPA Newfoundland-Labrador Director, Ray Hawco resigned for personal reasons at the end of April. More than two years remain in his term which concludes after the June 2020 COPA AGM. In compliance with COPA By-laws and Policy 1.1.2 to fill a vacancy on the Board, nominations for this position are being accepted now until August 08, 2017. Directors are volunteers receiving some compensation for expenses incurred. Read the Chair of the Nominating Committee’s article here.


  • is 18 years of age or older;
  • is a Member of COPA residing in Newfoundland-Labrador
  • is not prohibited from voting by law (Gen. Op. By-law 5.03, 504)


  • has a strong belief in COPA’s mission “to advance, promote and preserve the Canadian freedom to fly”
  • has a high standard of personal ethics
  • is able to contribute to both Board governance and to regional interests
  • is comfortable with electronic communication
  • is able to volunteer a minimum of 15 days per years to COPA business (three Board meetings per year, regional events, advocacy activities, responses to member queries)


Click here to download a copy of the Nomination Form (requires signatures from at least five voting members of the region).

Click here for the Competency Questionnaire and the Biography Guide.

Please submit the Nomination Form as soon as the signatures are gathered so your eligibility can be confirmed. You will then be able to submit the other two completed forms before noon on Tues., August 8th to Heather McLaren hmclaren@copanational.org, by fax 613-236-8646 or by mail to COPA Elections – H. McLaren, 75 Albert St., Suite 903, Ottawa ON K1P 5E7.

A list of Candidates, their bios and instructions for online voting will then be posted on COPA’s website and published in the September COPA Flight.

Voting Procedures:

Newfoundland-Labrador COPA members can vote online (or using paper ballot by request) August 15 to September 5th. Once ballots are counted and the Board has approved the Nominating Committee Report, the candidates will be informed of the results. Members will then be informed via COPA’s website and the October COPA Flight. The successful candidate will be included in Board communication. Members will ratify the election procedure and results at the next COPA Annual General Meeting in June 2018, as per the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act.


For further information about the role of a Director, nominees may contact the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Cheryl Marek (ON), cmarek@copanational.org or Directors on the Committee: Conrad Hatcher (ON) chatcher@copanational.org and Brian Pound (PEI) bpound@copanational.org