One year has passed since government-levied travel bans, but despite growing aviation sector job losses, there has been no action to bolster Canada’s struggling aviation industry.

“Governments around the world acted swiftly to support their aviation sector. The Government of Canada disturbingly stands alone when it comes to turning its back on aviation workers,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Canada can’t have a safe economic recovery without a healthy aviation sector.”

Unifor is part of an industry-wide coalition that has been sounding the alarm about the aviation sector's dire state for nearly a year. The union published a detailed policy paper filled with science-based, practical and far-reaching proposals to get the industry back on its feet and aviation workers safely back to work.

At today’s news conference, streamed on Facebook, Dias was joined by several Unifor local union presidents representing aviation workers to renew the call for a national recovery plan. The leaders say the plan must ensure services are preserved and remote locations do not lose service or the vital connections to medicine, business, family, and friends.

We’ve worked with employers and experts to present sensible options for the government,” said Dias. “One year of inaction is a shameful anniversary. What is the federal government waiting for?”

Unifor also recommends a national recovery plan include adapting border restrictions to safely reopen borders in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization's Universal Standard to implement rapid testing and dynamic quarantine.

Take action to protect your future; talk to your coworkers about signing a Unifor Membership card. It is time to take your seat at the table; you can do this at

Billy O'Neill, Unifor
[email protected] | 416-605-1443

Ada Zampini, Unifor
[email protected] | 514-701-6227

Bruce Fafard, Unifor
[email protected] | 587-341-0945

British Columbia
Simon Lau, Unifor
[email protected] | 778-928-9630

Patrick Murray, Unifor
[email protected] | 506-850-7996