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Newsletter July 2018

Save the Date: October 3, 2018 for the CCAA National Labour Market Strategy Day

We would be pleased to see you at the LMI Strategy Day in the Fall; the one industry event of the year devoted to working on preserving and developing our workforce together.  Please plan to join us for the CCAA National Labour Market Strategy Day III, Wednesday October 3, 2018 at the Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa.

To register online, click here.

CCAA LMI Report 2018

How many new workers does our industry need to keep its prime spot in the global industry? What are the most in demand occupations? How many women, in comparison to men, work in Canadian Aviation and Aerospace? Which colleges and universities in Canada train this highly skilled workforce?

If you do not already have the Labour Market Report on the Canadian Aviation & Aerospace workforce, please click here to get your copy in English, and here for your copy in French.

Upcoming CCAA Training

CCAA Workshops in July and August: Quality Systems Auditor, Chilliwack British Columbia; Corrective Action Plans, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Company Aviation Safety Officer, Chilliwack British Columbia. More info and registration here.

You can sign up for CCAA’s online courses anytime: Human Factors, Aviation Manager, WHMIS, and CARs training specific to key aviation occupations. Course descriptions and registration, here.

Changes to the CCAA Board of Directors

After many years as a key member of the CCAA board representing the IAMAW, M. Gérald Tremblay has stepped down in anticipation of his retirement in July. Robert Donald, Executive Director of CCAA would like to thank M. Tremblay, and all CCAA Board Members expressed their sincere appreciation to Gérald for his invaluable contributions, and dedication to CCAA’s mission.

In March, CCAA welcomed Darren Buss, Vice President of the Air Transport Association of Canada, ATAC, who takes over the seat long occupied by ATAC’s Senior Vice President Les Aalders. CCAA and the Board members would also like to thank Mr. Aalders for his commitment through many of the council’s toughest challenges over the years, and with great sincerity thank him for his contributions.

Student Work Integrated Learning Program: Wage Subsidies Available

CCAA would like to remind readers of an important program in support of our workforce. CCAA administers federal wage subsidies for students working in an aviation or aerospace company and welcomes your questions about, and applications for, the Canadian Student Work Integrated Learning Program, SWILP. Whether you are an employer or a student, please see more about the program here.

Upcoming Industry Events

  • Farnborough International Airshow, July 16-22, 2018, Farnborough UK: Info here.
  • Aerospace Defence and Security Expo, ADSE, and Airshow August 9 & 10, 2018, Abbotsford BC: info for delegates and exhibitors, as well as registration here.
  • Canadian International Airshow September 1 – 3, 2018, Toronto ON: info here.
  • Aero Gatineau-Ottawa 2018, September 15, 2018, Ottawa ON: info here.
  • Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace, CCAA, National Labour Market Strategy Day, October 3, 2018, Ottawa ON: info and registration here.
  • National Business Aviation Association, NBAA, Convention and Exhibition October 16-18, 2018, Orlando FL: Info here
  • Helicopter Association of Canada, HAC, Convention & Trade Show, October 30 to November 4, 2018, Vancouver BC: Info for attendees and exhibitors here.
  • Air Transport Association of Canada, ATAC, Conference and Tradeshow, November 13-15 2018, Vancouver, BC: information for sponsors and exhibitors, here.
  • Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, AIAC, Canadian Aerospace Summit, November 13-14, 2018, Ottawa ON: info and registration here.
  • Northern Air Transport Association of Canada, NATA, AGM, Conference and Exhibition April 29- May 1, 2019, Yellowknife NT: more info here.
  • Canadian Business Aviation Association, CBAA, Convention and Exhibition, July 9-11, 2019 Calgary AB: Info here.


Older News Items

CCAA at the ATAC Symposium on Pilot Recruitment

Presenting extracts from CCAA’s report on labour market information for aviation and aerospace with regard to pilots, CCAA’s Mike Doiron took part in ATAC’s Pilot Shortage Discussion Panel at the ATAC Spring Event at 14:00 May 16th in Ottawa. The panel discussed the expected demand for pilots, the pressures on smaller operators to train and retain their pilots, and the role larger operators play in Canada’s pilot workforce. Moderated by Dan Glass of Mitchinson Flight Centre, the panel also included representatives from ALPA, Bearskin, Jazz Aviation, Porter, Sunwing, Transwest Air, and the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre. 

CCAA Online Skills Assessment Project

CCAA is currently developing an online application that will assist aviation & aerospace workers, and those with skills transferrable from other industries, assess their technical skills. The self-assessment would be the starting point of a process for underemployed or unemployed Canadians and skilled foreign workers, to fill the shortages in the Canadian aviation and aerospace industry. Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada, (ESDC), the project will help individuals obtain employment or plan further training that is aligned with their skills, to reduce “skills-mismatch” within industry-specific occupations. Supplementing the online assessment tools will be exams for certain trades, an accelerated certification process for those not yet qualified for certain occupations, and a job matching process. This will be an industry-based recognition program, for non-regulated aviation and aerospace occupations only.