ICAO and Montreal, World Capital of Civil Aviation

This story will reveal the history of ICAO's presence in Montreal and the locations that make Montreal the World Capital of Civil Aviation today

ICAO and Montreal, World Capital of Civil Aviation

Montréal, Ville-Marie, Québec H3B 4P2, Canada

Created By: International Civil Aviation Organization

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Created by the 1944 Convention on International Civil Aviation, or Chicago Convention, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a United Nations agency that facilitates cooperation among its 193 member states on the safe, secure, and sustainable development.

ICAO has been hosted in Montreal for 80 years and is the reason why Montreal is recognized as the World Capital of Civil Aviation.

This walking tour will reveal the story of this organization and the civil aviation in the city.

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As war hostilities essentially ended on the day before, on the invitation of the Government of Canada, the first session of the Interim Council of the Provisional International Civil Aviation Organization met on 15 August 1945 at 14:30 in t... Read more
Temporary accommodations for Provisional ICAO (PICAO) had been sought in the Windsor Hotel, prior to occupying more permanent quarters in the Sun Life Building. With 85 staff in January 1946, PICAO’s quarters were located on the 3rd, 4th,... Read more
From July 1946, the Provisional International Civil Aviation Organization (PICAO) started negotiations with the host Government and the Canadian National Railways to establish a permanent accommodation to replace its temporary quarters cons... Read more
By the early 70s, the number of delegates of States attending the regular triennial Assemblies was outstripping the capabilities of almost all major convention centres in the world; costs of holding Assemblies with full services in four lan... Read more
ICAO’s success was evidenced by the dynamic and sustained increases in the number of States adhering to its Convention after the decolonization in Africa and the collapse of the countries in East Europe; the number of States Members had g... Read more
On 8 September 2017, the presence of Minister Martin Coiteux, local artist Michel de Broin and Dr. Fang Liu, ICAO’s Secretary General, the mayor of Montreal, Mr. Denis Coderre, proceeded at the inauguration of the public art work Dendri... Read more
On the opening day of the 38th Session of the Assembly (held in Montréal from 24 September to 4 October 2013), the Interim Major of Montréal announced that the Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) responded favourably to the City ... Read more


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