CATCA and NAV Canada reach tentative agreement

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CATCA bargaining team.

The Canadian Air Traffic Control Association (CATCA-Unifor Local 5454) reached a tentative five-year agreement with NAV Canada in Ottawa on June 16.

“Congratulations to the bargaining committee on an outstanding job to get a deal that recognizes the very important work done by Canada’s first-class air traffic controllers,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

“CATCA members provide critical services needed for safe travel in our country. They are professionals who see collective bargaining as one way to improve that service to Canadians.”

The bargaining committee began negotiations in December and given the state of the airlines industry and the pace of the post-pandemic recovery, there was urgency to negotiate a new contract before the busy summer travel season.

“I’m happy with this deal and proud of our committee and I really hope that our membership appreciates what a big accomplishment this is,” said CATCA President Nick von Schoenberg.

“At the same time, there is an opportunity for the company here to get people back on board, recognizing their contributions and hard work, and take meaningful steps towards making this the best air navigation service provider in the world. CATCA members are a very proud bunch, and we like being the best.”

The 1,900 CATCA members provide air traffic control services at Canadian towers and area control centres across the country for flights departing and arriving within Canada and international flights transiting Canadian domestic airspace to other destinations across the globe.

The tentative contract is retroactive from April 1, 2023, and will expire March 31, 2028.


Ratification meetings and votes are scheduled across the country between June 20-29, 2023.