In 1988, the Canadian aviation maintenance industry was facing a critical shortage of skilled personnel and a lack of standards for most occupations in the sector. At the request of the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC), a steering committee of 30 industry representatives was formed and a comprehensive human resource study was commissioned with the financial assistance and expertise of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).
The study, undertaken by Price Waterhouse between 1988 and 1991, was the first one ever conducted on the industry. The study recommended action in four areas:
- Define occupational standards for the industry;
- Establish training programs and core curricula for post-secondary training organizations;
- Recruit new workers for the industry; and
- Develop mechanisms for industry-wide resource planning.
In 1991, the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council (CAMC) was formed to address these matters.
The Canadian aviation and aerospace firms are global market leaders in regional aircraft, business jets, commercial helicopters, small gas turbine engines, flight simulation, landing gear, space applications and many other areas. They are also globally competitive sources of supply for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.
By 2005, CAMC published four occupational standards for the aerospace manufacturing segment. Three years later it completed a study of the aerospace industry, followed by two further studies on Commercial Pilots and on Canadian airports.
In 2010, CAMC changed its name to the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) to reflect its increasing work in other areas of the aviation and aerospace industry.