Environmental Measures

From the outset, the Authority has maintained a firm commitment to reducing the impact that its operation has on the environment. From recycling programs to glycol recovery and treatment, the Authority has implemented programs that have increased waste diversion, switched to environmentally friendly cleaning products and recorded excellent results in all measurement areas.

The major focus of the Authority relating to the environment is to:

  • Eliminate environmental impacts where possible;
  • Reduce the impacts when elimination is not possible; and
  • Continuously improve results from all plans and programs.

The Airport Authority's yearly environmental stewardship efforts include the following programs:

  • Stormwater Monitoring
  • Aircraft Noise Management
  • Groundwater Monitoring
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Environmental Assessments
  • Waste Reduction/Recycling
  • Internal Compliance Auditing
  • Tank Inventories
  • Communication/Awareness/Training
  • Green Procurement
  • Air Pollution Reduction Campaign
  • Contaminated Sites
  • Energy Efficiency

To read more about program results, consult the 2016 Environmental Performance Report.

Greenhouse gases

Greenhouse gases (GHG) from all sources, and the effects of these emissions on Climate Change is an important issue in our society and the Airport Authority has a duty to prepare and implement effective GHG reduction strategies.

The Airport Authority targets an annual reduction of 2% per year. It should be understood that there may be limited opportunity as a result of past successes to reduce greenhouse gases by more than 30% from 2006-2016 and the already near optimal state of the airport facilities. The Airport Authority will strive to accomplish this goal through new technology, government programs and incentives, and replacement of systems at the end of their life.

Funds will be made available to the Environmental Services department on an annual basis, the minimum sum to be equivalent to the cost of the purchase of the GHG carbon offsets for OMCIAA (note: roughly $100k in 2016).  These funds will be earmarked for GHG reducing projects which could include infrastructure, research, testing or other types of projects with an end goal of reducing airport GHG emissions.

The Airport Authority will ensure that all future projects take GHG emissions into account as part of cost estimates and budgeting.  

For more information, consult the Greenhouse Gas Policy.


The presence of an airport in a community has a positive impact on the quality of life and the opportunities presented to its residents and businesses. Air transportation facilitates business operating effectively, the movement of people and products around the world, and an expanded reach into the global marketplace. Easy air travel offers individuals the opportunity to expand their horizons and experiences through travel to new and interesting places.

But, aircraft make noise. And since the Ottawa International Airport Authority (OMCIAA) wants to be a good neighbour, it is always looking for ways to reduce noise discomfort, all while keeping a close eye on safety requirements.

What are we doing about noise?
Here are some of the things that OMCIAA and the aviation community are doing to reduce aircraft noise:

  • Arrivals and departures are routed to the least disturbing flight paths – without compromising flight safety;
  • Radar and navigational aids provide precise control of arrivals and departures;
  • We work with planners at the municipal and provincial levels to coordinate growth around the airport in an effort to minimize disturbance for future residents;
  • Aircraft manufacturers are continuing their research in noise control technology. Today’s generation of jet engines deliver more power to carry larger aircraft, with a dramatic decrease in noise; and
  • Air carriers are gradually phasing the noisiest of their aircraft out of their fleets or retrofitting them with new, quieter engines.

OMCIAA’s Aircraft Noise Management Program requires that all noise complaints are investigated to determine whether or not noise abatement procedures were followed. Transport Canada is notified of all infractions after which they can pursue further investigation, and issue fines accordingly. Since 2004, no noise violations to published noise abatement proceedures were found when noise complaints were investigated.

Airport Operations Influence Zone (AOIZ)

The Ottawa International airport has taken noise abatement one step further. In partnership with the municipal and provincial governments and other community stakeholders, we have created the AOIZ. This line is a composite of the 30 NEF and 30 NEP noise contours, and takes into account visible features such as roads and watercourses. The zone was established to restrict noise-sensitive development such as residential housing, schools, and libraries, all of which are easily disturbed by noise.

We’re listening! Call 613-248-2023 if you have a noise-related issue or fill out the form below.