Nav Canada

NAV Canada is the Canadian air traffic control, which is responsible for civil aviation. The non-profit state enterprise employs 2000 air traffic controllers, 700 technicians and other 800 flight specialists and other administrative staff. The headquarters are located in Ottawa (Ontario).

Nav Canada monitors and manages 12 million aircraft movements per year for 40,000 airlines. The area of ​​responsibility extends from the west coast to the east coast and up into the Arctic regions of Canada. Thus Nav Canada is the - by aircraft movements - the world's second largest air traffic control.


The company commenced operations on 1 November 1996 due to the extensive restructuring of flight operations in Canada. The technical equipment was taken over by taking over the responsibilities of Transport Canada. In addition to the technical equipment, a large part of the staff was taken.


The tasks include:

  • Securing the routes and civilian air traffic in Canadian airspace from coast to coast,
  • Safety of air traffic in accordance with international standards

Control centers

Area Control Centres

An area control center, engl. Area Control Center (ACC ), is the air traffic control center a flight information region ( FIR) and monitors the airspace. She is responsible for the information and the Safety of Air in a State or a major part of it. In Canada, there's a total of 7 of these sites in Vancouver ( CZVR ), Edmonton ( CZEG ), Winnipeg ( CZWG ), Toronto ( Czyz ), Montreal ( CZUL ), Moncton ( CZQM ) and Gander ( CZQX ).

Air Traffic Control

In Canada, 42 of those air checks ensure (English Air Traffic Control) that the aircraft on the ground and in the air can be passed. The primary purpose of air traffic control is the order of air traffic to avoid collisions; further the organization and accelerate the flow of traffic, and the provision of information and support of the pilots.

Flight Information Centres

The Flight Information Centres provide the pilot with all necessary information. Total 8 Information Centres are responsible for the tasks. These are located in Kamloops, Edmonton, Winnipeg, London, North Bay, Quebec City, Halifax and Whitehorse.


  • 42 ATC (Air Traffic Control )
  • Give 57 Flight Service Stations, which provide the pilot with current weather news and other information, but no flight instructions and do not regulate the air traffic
  • 46 radar stations and 5 Automatic Dependent Surveillances (ADS ), ( German: Automatic Dependent Surveillance )
  • 1400 Nagivations and orientation control systems

NAVCANatm solutions

NAVCANatm solutions is a division of Nav Canada and develops software systems for air traffic control. This includes the electronic systems: NAVCANsuite, NAVCANlink and NAVCANstrips.