REQUEST FOR SERVICES Muskoka Regional Airport Designation Commercial Air Service


Click Here – Request for Services Commercial Air Service Muskoka Airport January 2016 PDF


The Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture created 13 Regional Tourism Organizations (RTOs) in the province to identify and implement regional priorities, allowing for more consistent marketing of Ontario’s tourism regions. The RTO12 area includes Algonquin Park, the Almaguin Highlands, Loring-Restoule, Muskoka and Parry Sound.

RTO12 is a not-for-profit agency that is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The mandate for RTO12 includes: provide industry leadership and strategic planning; develop strong, collaborative partnerships and packages; implement strategic marketing; and develop workforce and skills training.

RTO12 is the administrative name for the region that is known in the consumer marketplace as Explorers’ Edge

Explorers’ Edge programs will fuel the new brand with meaning, create awareness, and have measurable components while driving retails sales to our stakeholders.

For more information on Ontario’s 13 Regional Tourism Organizations, visit

The RFS Process

  1. The RFS process will take place as follows:
  2. Potential bidders will be e-mailed a copy of the RFS.
  3. The bidders prepare their formal response and send their document in an electronic format to Explorers’ Edge by the specified RFS close date.

Project Timetable

Request for Proposal Issued – Monday January 8, 2016
RFP Due – Friday January 22, 2016 4.00pm

Executive Summary

RTO12/Explorers’ Edge is seeking the expertise of an Aviation Expert (AE) to assemble the components necessary to achieve Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) designation for the Muskoka Airport (CYQA).

The Opportunity

The AE will work closely with the RTO12 Executive Director, the District of Muskoka Commissionaire of Planning and Economic Development, and the Muskoka Airport Manager.


The AE will determine what is required for the Muskoka Airport to introduce scheduled commercial passenger service (e.g. Transport Canada approvals, CATSA designation (new regulation for smaller airports), infrastructure investments such as security equipment, passenger facilities (seating, washrooms, etc.), baggage handling, etc.).  The AE will also provide an estimate of the time it would take to get the necessary approvals, a draft work back schedule to achieve this, and the estimated cost of any new infrastructure undertakings the AE determines are necessary. Additionally the AE will:

  • Provide case studies of airports that have successfully introduced commercial flights in order to build the local tourism industry; outline the impact of a region CATSA designation as it relates to economic development activity in the short and long term
  • Deliver example(s) of comparably-sized airports that have successfully navigated the CATSA designation process
  • Complete an economic analysis of the benefits of making such an investment – benefits to the airport and benefits to the community (resorts, job creation, increased tourism, etc.)
  • Engage with multiple stakeholders via community outreach

The proposal, at a minimum, will break out the percentage administration costs for an estimated project budget of $35,000 CDN.

Your proposal will form an integral part of the contract and will be considered the Scope of Work for the Initial Term.

Reports to: Executive Director

Corporate Information:

Please provide a synopsis of your qualifications, including a detailed summary of previous successful planning and training for comparable clients. Also include:

  • A description of the respondent’s company, including location(s), business operations, financial security, and corporate history
  • A standard contract proposal

Note:  Proponents shall identify, within their submission, all excluded items.

Assumptions:  The entire project will be fully implemented no later than April 30, 2016

Selection Process

The following aspects of your proposal will be used to evaluate the proposals:

  1. Demonstrated experience/expertise in both aviation and economic impact as it relates to both key personnel and in a project of similar scope and nature
  2. Demonstrated strong corporate history and presence, financial standing, and capacity to perform;
  3. Implementation approach and methodology, including project timing, scheduling, staff training, and transition from the existing application;
  4. Proposed business relationship with Explorers’ Edge and additional stakeholders throughout the lifecycle of the agreement;
  5. References (minimum of three). 

As part of the selection process, respondents may be asked to present their proposals to an Explorers’ Edge staff representative.

Click Here – Request for Services Commercial Air Service Muskoka Airport January 2016 PDF

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