Travel Disruptions

If your flight is delayed or cancelled, you are denied boarding or your baggage is lost or damaged, you may be entitled to certain standards of treatment and compensation under the Air Passenger Protection Regulations.

We encourage you to contact us at customercare@canadiannorth.com so that we can address your concern. In order to help us to assist you, please provide the following details:

  • Your name (as it appeared on your reservation)
  • Your desired method to be contacted (your email address and/or telephone number)
  • The date that you travelled with us
  • The flight number that you travelled on
  • Details of the issue that you encountered

Alternately, you have the option of contacting the Canadian Transportation Agency with your concern, using their online form. You can also contact the CTA at 1-888-222-2592 or info@otc-cta.gc.ca.
For more information about your passenger rights, please visit the Canadian Transportation Agency website.

Denied Boarding

Denied boarding occurs when the number of passengers present for boarding exceeds the number of seats available on a flight. This does not include situations where a passenger is refused transport for safety, security or health reasons.

Canadian North has clearly defined policies regarding how denied boarding will be handled, which are explained fully within RULE 31 of our Domestic Tariff (located here).

If you are denied boarding against your will for a reason that is within our control and not required for safety – for example, overbooking or a change in aircraft due to scheduled maintenance – you will be entitled to compensation. This compensation is based on the length of delay upon arrival at your final destination.

Length of Delay Amount (CAD)

  • 0-6 hours - $900
  • 6-9 hours - $1800
  • 9+ hours - $2400

We will issue compensation at the time you are notified that you are denied boarding. The amount of compensation may be supplemented if your delay at arrival is longer than was expected when payment was issued. If payment cannot be made before your new departure time, we will issue the payment to you within 48 hours.

If we have denied boarding to you, we will rebook you free of charge, meeting the same obligations as described for flight delays and cancellations below. While you wait for your new flight, we will provide an appropriate standard of treatment (subject to local availability):

After a delay at departure of 2 hours:

  • food and drink in reasonable quantities; and
  • electronic means of communication

If a delay is expected to extend overnight:

  • hotel or other comparable accommodation free of charge; and
  • free transportation to the accommodation

Lost or Damaged Baggage

We will always do our best to transport your baggage to your destination on time and to handle it with the utmost care. Occasionally, baggage may be lost, delayed or damaged due to unexpected circumstances.
Per the Air Passenger Protection Regulations, you may be eligible to be reimbursed up to 1131 Special Drawing Rights (approximately $2100CAD) for baggage that is damaged or lost while in our care. You must file a claim in order to be reimbursed for expenses.

  • For damaged baggage, you must submit a claim within seven days after you receive the baggage.
  • For potentially lost baggage, you must submit a claim within 21 days after the day it was supposed to arrive.
  • In addition, you may be reimbursed for any baggage fees paid if your baggage is damaged or lost

Please click here to download the Canadian North Baggage Declaration Form (PDF)

A completed, signed Baggage Declaration form is the official written notice of a claim and failure to complete a claim within the specified time frames may result in no further action against Canadian North. The claim form should be completed in its entirety with a detailed description of each individual item contained within the bag(s), or the items missing from the baggage, including signatures from all persons impacted. If your claim involves more than one bag, please itemize each bag and its contents separately. The accuracy of the information you provide, enhances our ability to locate your property through our tracing efforts. Please retain copies of all documents you send to us, for your records.

Completed claim forms with baggage claims checks and receipts for any articles valued over $100.00 can be scanned and emailed to Canadian North’s Central Baggage Services team at cbs@canadiannorth.com or faxed to 1-867-920-7433.

For more information, please visit our baggage service page.

Assignment of seats to children who are under the age of 14 years

(effective December 15, 2019)

Assigning Seats

In order to ensure the comfort of families travelling with children under the age of 14, we will assign a seat to the child that is in close proximity to their parent, guardian or tutor at no extra charge at the time of making your reservation.

If it is not possible for us to assign seats within close proximity at the time of reservation, we will attempt to change seats at the time of check-in.

If it is not possible for us to assign seats within close proximity at the time of check-in, we will ask for volunteers to change seats at the time of boarding.

If it is not possible to assign seats at the time of check-in and no passenger has volunteered to change seats at the time of boarding, we will ask again for volunteers to change seats on the aircraft before departure.

Proximity to Adult’s Seat

We will adhere to the following guidelines when assigning seats to children under the age of 14 years, at no additional charge:

  • In the case of a child who is four years of age or younger, we will a seat that is adjacent to their parent, guardian or tutor’s seat;
  • In the case of a child who is 5 to 11 years of age, we will assign a seat that is in the same row as their parent, guardian or tutor’s seat, and that is separated from that parent, guardian or tutor’s seat by no more than one seat; and
  • In the case of a child who is 12 or 13 years of age, we will assign a seat that is in a row that is separated from the row of their parent, guardian or tutor’s seat by no more than one row.

Flight Delays or Cancellations

Communication

We will keep you regularly informed if there is a flight disruption (such as flight and tarmac delays or flight cancellations).

We will tell you why your flight has been disrupted as soon as is feasible. This information will be provided to you through:

  • An audible announcement;
  • A visible announcement, upon request; and
  • Electronically, via the available communication method that you have provided (e.g., email, SMS) and/or via a printed document, subject to availability at the location of the disruption.

We will provide flight status updates every 30 minutes until a new departure time has been confirmed.

We will also offer any new status information to passengers as soon as is feasible, which may be sooner than 30 minutes after the last update.

Standards of Treatment (effective December 15, 2019)

For delays at departure that are within our control, or within our control and required for safety purposes, we will provide the following standards of treatment to you (subject to local availability):

After a delay at departure of 2 hours:

  • Food and drink in reasonable quantities (taking into account the length of the delay, time of day, and the location of the delay)
  • Electronic means of communication

If a delay is expected to extend overnight:

  • Hotel or other comparable accommodation free of charge; and
  • Free transportation to the accommodation

Rebooking and Refunds (effective December 15, 2019)

For all types of flight delays or cancellations encountered for flights operated by us we will ensure that our passengers complete their itinerary (that is, reach their final destination). Once a delay reaches 3 hours, we will rebook you on our next available flight.

If a flight delay or cancellation is within our control, or within our control and required for safety purposes, passengers will be rebooked in the same class of service.

If a flight or cancellation is within our control (and not required for safety purposes), and rebooking does not meet a passenger's travel needs (e.g., there is no longer any purpose to the travel), the passenger will be entitled to a refund of their ticket, as well as compensation for inconvenience in the amount of $125.

Compensation (effective December 15, 2019)

We will provide compensation for inconvenience or delays and cancellations in situations within our control that are not required for safety. More specifically, where a passenger is informed of a delay or cancellation 14 days or fewer before departure, the regulations set the amount payable by the carrier operating the disrupted flight to the passenger based on the length of the delay upon arrival at the passenger’s destination. Canadian North is classified as a “small carrier”.

Length of delay amount (CAD)

  • 3-6 hours $125
  • 6-9 hours $250
  • 9+ hours $500

Related Definitions

Situations within airline control are any situations not covered by the two categories below. For example, they include commercial overbooking; scheduled maintenance of an aircraft that is necessary to comply with legal requirements; or mechanical malfunction of the aircraft identified during scheduled maintenance.

Situations within airline control but required for safety purposes are typically unforeseen events legally required to reduce safety risk to passengers. While this includes mechanical problems, it does not include scheduled maintenance or mechanical problems identified during scheduled maintenance. Safety decisions made by the pilot and those made under an airline's Safety Management System would also fall into this category.

Situations outside airline control include: war or political instability; illegal acts or sabotage; meteorological conditions or natural disasters that make the safe operation of the aircraft impossible; instructions from air traffic control; a Notice to Airmen (as defined in the Canadian Aviation Regulations); a security threat; airport operation issues; a medical emergency; a collision with wildlife; a labour disruption within the carrier or within an essential service provider such as an airport or an air navigation service provider; a manufacturing defect in an aircraft that reduces the safety of passengers and that was identified by the manufacturer of the aircraft concerned, or by a competent authority; and an order or instruction from an official of a state or a law enforcement agency or from a person responsible for airport security.