Nav Canada is a privately run, not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates Canada's civil air navigation system (ANS).
The company employs approximately 2,000 air traffic controllers (ATCs), 800 flight service specialists (FSSs) and 700 technologists. It has been responsible for the safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic in Canadian airspace since November 1, 1996 when the government transferred the ANS from Transport Canada to Nav Canada. As part of the transfer, or privatization, Nav Canada paid the government CA$1.5 billion.
Nav Canada, which operates independently of any government funding, is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario.
Nav Canada's operations consist of various sites across the country. These include: