• Who does what in Noise Management?

    Toronto Pearson is a dynamic place – thousands of passengers move through it daily, being helped by thousands of employees who work for hundreds of different organizations. At Toronto Pearson, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), NAV CANADA, Transport Canada and airlines all have a part to play in managing the operational impacts of noise.

    Greater Toronto Airports Authority

    The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is a not-for-profit private business that has managed and operated the airport since 1996. The GTAA develops and manages a Noise Management Program, such as Noise Abatement Procedures, Noise Operating Restrictions, and the Night Flight Restriction Program.


    NAV CANADA is the air navigation provider in Canada, responsible for safe and efficient movement of aircraft. NAV CANADA designs and publishes a network of air routes to design criteria set by Transport Canada and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). NAV CANADA also assigns runways at Toronto Pearson by considering winds, weather, capacity and the preferential runway system.

    Transport Canada

    Transport Canada is the regulator for aviation in Canada. It ensures aircraft operating in Canada are compliant with international noise standards through the aircraft certification process and establishes flight path design criteria and land-use guidelines based on noise exposure. Transport Canada enforces Noise Abatement Procedures and Noise Operating Restrictions. It also approves proposed changes to Noise Abatement Procedures and Noise Operating Restrictions put forward by the GTAA, as well as audits the airport’s Night Flight Restriction Program.


    Airlines are responsible for conducting operations in accordance with the Transport Canada regulations and the initiatives under the airport’s Noise Management Program, such as the Noise Abatement Procedures and Noise Operating Restrictions.