The legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada on October 17, 2018, serves as an important occasion to remind the aviation industry of its obligation to operate aircraft in a manner that is not impaired by either alcohol or drugs. To contribute to a safe and secure transportation system, a number of legislative and regulatory measures exist today that prevent and deter the impaired operation of aircraft.
This letter applies to the Canadian aviation community, including industry, management and labour organizations, operators, pilots, and professional associations. The Government of Canada has passed legislation to legalize, strictly regulate, and restrict access to cannabis. The Cannabis Act creates a strict legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale, and possession of cannabis in Canada. The legislation allows adults to legally possess and use cannabis.
Transport Canada is responsible for dealing with medical state and impairment as they relate to vehicle modes of transport by federally-regulated that the Canadian aviation community may legalization of cannabis and are seeking guidance.
Cannabis use can cause immediate impairment but also causes longer-lasting impairment that may not be obvious to the user or to the people around them. Cannabis, like many other substances such as narcotics, muscle relaxants, anti-depressants, etc., causes impairment that can affect the judgement and actions of members of a flight crew, including pilots. There is scientific consensus regarding the long-lasting effects of cannabis on individuals, even after impairment is no longer felt. However, current tests for the psychoactive chemical in cannabis do not correspond with impairment levels. As a result, in the interest of aviation safety, Transport Canada does not intend to ease restrictions on the use of cannabis or other substances that cause impairment.
Impairment caused by cannabis use is a serious issue for Transport Canada given its potential to threaten aviation safety. Despite the impending legalization of cannabis, Transport Canada has an existing regulatory framework in place concerning impairment. Pursuant to the Aeronautics Act and the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), regulations and medical standards address the consumption of drugs and alcohol by certificate holders, such as pilots. The CARs, under section 602.03, set out the rules governing alcohol and drug use by crew members:
Canadian Aviation Regulations (SORJ96-433)
No person shall act as a crew member of an aircraft:
(a) Within eight hours after consuming an alcoholic beverage;
(b) While under the i;4fiuence of alcohol; or
(c) While using any drug that impairs the person’s faculties to the extent that the safety of the aircraft or of persons on board the aircraft is endangered in any way.
Currently, the use of cannabis is a disqualifying factor for obtaining a medical certificate to fly or control aircraft. The CARs currently provide that all members of a flight crew, such as pilots, are prohibited from working while using any drug (legal or illegal) that impairs faculties to the extent that the safety of the aircraft or people on board is endangered in any way. The definition of a drug includes cannabis and, therefore, these regulations will continue to apply once the Cannabis Act comes into force.
Transport Canada has a robust medical protocol and testing regime in place in order to address substance abuse disorders. Canadian medical certificate holders with a known diagnosis of substance abuse may be subject to no-notice drug and alcohol testing to ensure compliance with the abstinence provisions of their certificate.
Taking cannabis, and products containing it, across any international border is illegal and can result in serious criminal penalties in Canada and in other countries, including the United States. The import and export of cannabis will remain illegal after the legalization of cannabis in Canada, and also when travelling to or returning from jurisdictions with legalized or decriminalized cannabis. This includes cannabis for medical purposes.
Each country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements. During state control procedures, pilots or other crew members may be denied entry to a foreign country, including the United States, if they have previously used cannabis products, even if these products were used legally in Canada.
Transport Canada remains committed to ensuring a robust evidence-based regulatory framework when evaluating the various policy options and measures needed to mitigate impairment risks. In collaboration with Justice Canada, Health Canada, and Public Safety Canada, Transport Canada remains vigilant in ensuring that the issue of impairment, which includes impairment from cannabis use, undergoes proper policy rigour and legal analyses to safeguard aviation safety while balancing the legal rights and responsibilities of employees and supervisors.
If you have any further questions concerning the legalization of cannabis use, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your continued interest in maintaining the high safety standards of Canada’s aviation industry.
Nicholas Robinson Francois Collins
Director General Associate Director General
Transport Canada, Civil Aviation Transport Canada, Civil Aviation
RED RIVER CO-OP PROGRAM
Red River College’s Applied Computer Education department has partnered with the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) Talent to match co-op students with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Eligible employers can receive 50% to 70% in wage subsidies towards a student’s work term pay.
The Applied Computer Education department runs three different programs that have a work experience terms: Business Information Technology, Business Technology Management, and our newest program – Information Security. We are constantly amazed at the quality of work our students produce.
Why should I hire a co-op student?
Hiring a co-op student via the Career Ready Program subsidy comes with a low investment and low risk. Students bring fresh ideas and approaches with them and are highly motivated and enthusiastic to gain work experience. After having a co-op student work for your organization, they already know your organization by the time they graduate and are workplace-ready. We see this as an opportunity for start-up companies and entrepreneurs to hire students and grow their business.
Where does the funding come from?
As part of the Government of Canada’s Student Work Integrated Learning Program, ITAC’s Career Ready Program connects SMEs with funding towards co-op student wages. The program provides up to a 50% wage subsidy towards a typical student’s work term pay up to a maximum of $5,000. A 70% wage subsidy is available, to a maximum of $7,000, when qualifying students come from underrepresented groups in STEM: women; indigenous students; recent immigrants; persons with disabilities; and first-year students.
Benefit to Students
When companies are able to hire a driven employee who can apply cutting edge techniques and knowledge learned at RRC, the students in turn will gain valuable hands-on experience in the emerging digital economy.
“The ITAC partnership will open doors for Red River College learners and help employers secure the talent they need to compete in the digital economy.” – Haider Al-Saidi, Chair, Applied Computer Education Red River College.
Contact us for more info
For more information on accessing ITAC’s Career Ready Program subsidies towards hiring a co-op student for your organization, please contact:
Steve Lawrence, email@example.com
About the ACE Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning (CEWIL)
The Applied Computer Education (ACE) Co-operative education integrates related on-the-job experience with classroom theory by integrating a term of paid employment within the terms of academic study. Students are given the opportunity to practice and apply the skills gained in their college as productive full-time employees on their work term.
About ITAC Talent
As Canada’s national information and communications technology (ICT) business association, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) champions the development of a robust and sustainable digital economy in Canada. A vital connection between business and government, we provide our members with the advocacy, networking and professional development services that help them to thrive nationally and compete globally. The mandate of ITAC Talent, a division of ITAC, is to ensure that Canada’s employers in all sectors of the economy have access to ICT professionals with the skills they need to thrive and compete in today’s rapidly changing technology environment.
Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace Releases 2018 Labour Market Information Report for Aviation & Aerospace
Ottawa, Canada – April 20, 2018: The Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace, CCAA, is pleased to announce the release of the 2018 Labour Market Information (LMI) Report.
The report quantifies the workforce of the industry, as well as projected labour and skills shortages. The study projects a need to hire 55,000 new workers by 2025 to keep pace with projected industry growth and to replace workers who are retiring or leaving the workforce for other reasons. This represents one third of the existing workforce of 154,000 today.
The study also looks at the current and projected number of graduates. Only a quarter of the needed workers—about 14,000—will be domestic graduates.
The LMI report highlights issues which need immediate attention, if the industry is to have enough workers with the right skills, to keep pace with growth and retirements. It confirms the need for a National Labour Market Strategy to address these issues.
CCAA has been conducting LMI studies for many years. Data collection is seen as a diagnostic tool which will help provide key stakeholders with the data necessary to make informed decisions.” said Theresa Davis-Woodhouse, Director of Project Management and Accreditation for the CCAA.
CCAA, and industry use LMI reports to identify labour force challenges, and create programs to address them. For instance, CCAA now administers an ESDC-funded wage subsidy program for employers in the industry to hire students (e.g. co-op, interns, field placement or summer students). The Student Work Integrated Learning Program, SWILP, runs for another 3 years, so employers can make longer term plans for future hiring.
“On behalf of the industry,” Robert Donald, the Executive Director of CCAA said “We wish to acknowledge and thank the Federal Government for funding this study. Without their support the study would not have been possible.”
About CCAA The Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) is dedicated to assisting industry ensure the Canadian aviation and aerospace industry has enough workers with the right skills to meet industry needs. CCAA has two main areas of focus: skills development and industry demographics (supply and demand for skills). For more information about Aviation & Aerospace workforce development programs and training, please contact CCAA at 1-613-727-8272 or 1-800-488-9715; firstname.lastname@example.org; Linked-In; Twitter; CCAA News.
News Release April 16, 2018
GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS RED RIVER COLLEGE ACQUIRE STEVENSON AVIATION CAMPUS
The Province of Manitoba is helping Red River College (RRC) reach new heights in aviation and aeronautics training by supporting the college’s acquisition of its successful Stevenson Aviation Campus, Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart announced today.
“Our government recognizes the leadership shown by Red River College in the purchase of its campus property, where it provides essential training for Manitobans in a skilled and high-demand industry,” said Wishart. “This is a fiscally responsible plan that will help ensure many more people can pursue a career in aeronautics and learn in an exceptional environment with industry leaders and experts.”
The Manitoba government enabled the purchase of the Stevenson Aviation Campus by approving RRC’s plan to borrow up to $8 million to acquire the previously leased facility. RRC requires government approval to borrow, as set out by The Red River College Act. By purchasing the campus from its landlord, Hubert Kleysen, RRC will save nearly $1 million over the term of the mortgage and will have greater flexibility to grow and adapt its renowned aviation and aeronautics programs.
“Red River College works shoulder-to-shoulder with industry to deliver cutting-edge training at our Stevenson Campus, and to provide students with the job-ready skills they need to compete here at home, and on a national and global stage,” said Paul Vogt, RRC president and CEO. “By acquiring our campus – with the support of the provincial government – we will continue to provide strong workforce training for Manitoba’s aerospace and aviation sector, which is one of the largest in Canada. This move will make us more agile and ensure that we are successful for generations to come.”
RRC’s Stevenson Aviation Campus offers diploma programs for aircraft maintenance engineers, aerospace manufacturing technicians and gas turbine engine repair. Each year, RRC trains about 400 students in these programs, boasting high graduation rates in the 80 to 90 per cent range.
“Boeing Canada Winnipeg is proud of our diverse, talented, and innovative workforce, many of whom are graduates of Red River College and were trained at the Stevenson Campuses,” said Kim Westenskow, GM, Boeing Canada Winnipeg. “As one of the largest aerospace composite manufacturers in Canada, our partnership and collaboration with the college has been imperative in advancing our role in the global aerospace industry. We are proud to celebrate this important milestone with you today, and a bright future ahead.”
The campus, located on the west side of Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, also offers specialized training for individuals already working in the industry to help them meet certification requirements and continually upgrade their skills and knowledge. All programs are developed with industry partners and follow federal aerospace guidelines.
Over 5,000 people are directly employed by the aerospace and aviation sector in Manitoba. Aerospace manufacturing, repair and overhaul, training and related services contribute $1.9 billion to Manitoba’s economy every year. The province is home to the third-largest aerospace sector in Canada.
CCAA UPCOMING EVENTS
CCAA’s 2nd National Labour Market Strategy Day took place on November 9th 2017 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Attendees included representatives from all sectors of the industry (MRO, operators, manufacturers), as well as the National and Regional associations from across the country, Government, Labour and Educators. From Government, we were pleased to welcome not only Employment, Social Development Canada (ESDC), but also Transport Canada, (TC), and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).
CCAA would like to thank those who participated. From our viewpoint, and from all comments received, the day was a great success. We had an excellent mix of stakeholders, all of whom contributed to the advancement of the Strategy.
Attendees advised us they found the day informative both for the reports on development work to date by over 50 volunteers, and from the ideas and examples provided by our guest speakers. The input provided by all attendees during the afternoon breakout sessions was extremely useful.
The next steps are underway – we are finalizing a report of the day which documents all the ideas that came out of the breakout sessions. This will be available shortly. In the meantime, we have created a one stop shop where you can find all the presentations from the day, nominate yourself or someone from your company/institution to participate in the ongoing work of the sub-groups, or provide feedback about the national strategy development. We would very much welcome your comments. You can access all the above by clicking here.
CCAA would like to thank the sponsors who made the day possible, our speakers for their great contributions and to those adding voice and encouragement to the ongoing work. We hope we can count on your continued support over the next twelve months as we advance this important work.
CCAA is the partner selected by the Federal Government (ESDC) to deliver the program for the aviation and aerospace sector. Employers offering work-integrated learning placements to post-secondary education (PSE) students will receive wage subsidies of up to 50 percent of the wage cost for the placement (up to a maximum of $5,000 per placement) and up to 70 percent (up to a maximum of $7,000 per placement) for first-year students and under-represented groups including, women in STEM, Indigenous students, persons with disabilities and recent immigrants.
Work-Integrated Learning refers to a continuum of learning opportunities ranging from structured work experience to instances where the employer engages directly with a PSE institution to address a particular challenge. It can include co-op placements, internships, field placements, or applied projects to solve specific problems for employers. This 4-year program allows companies to implement a 4-year strategy for their workforce. CCAA anticipates over 1,000 student placements over the term of the project. For additional information about this program, please contact Theresa Davis-Woodhouse, Director of Project Management, at 613 727 8272, Ext. 247, or by email here.
The Latest CCAA Workshop Training schedule can be found on our website, have a look and start planning for the coming year.
Events and Announcements: If you would like CCAA to post or communicate your organization’s announcements about aviation & aerospace events, or job opportunities, please contact Leslie Hogan at 613-727-8272 ext. 225, or by email.
The Air Cadet League of Canada, (ACLC), is holding its first National Career Fair in Ottawa at the Nepean Sportsplex on April 15, 2018. As the industry comes to terms with labour and skills shortages, this career fair can give you access to the 75,000 cadets, that make up the ACLC from every region of Canada. For exhibitor and attendee information, as well as contact details for the project’s director, Scott Lawson, click here.
The Annual Wings and Helicopters Career Expos are now scheduled for 2018. You can attend in Toronto on April 28th at Jazz Aviation LP, or in Edmonton, on May 12th at Aurora Jet Partners FBO. The events in both locations run from 8AM to 2PM. For information on sponsorship or booth display opportunities, contact Mena Miu, National Account Manager, 416-510-6749, 289-221-7730 or Kory Pearn, Account Manager, Wings and Helicopters magazines, 519-902-8574. For editorial or speaking opportunities, please contact Matt Nicholls, Editor, Wings and Helicopters magazine, 416-725-5637. More info on the CCAA site, here.
CCAA Project Submissions: In response to an Employment, Social Development Canada call for Sectorial Intelligence Proposals, (SIP), CCAA submitted two proposals on October 23rd. Our projects centre around Labour Market Information and Occupational Standards / Certification.
For LMI, as per our developing strategy, CCAA would, together with all major regional associations from across the country, build on the results of our current LMI project by coordination timing and certain elements of the data fields, in order to collect more complete regional and national data. we are proposing to continue to build on the results of our current LMI project by coordinating timing and certain elements of the data fields, to collect both regional and national data. Among other things this project would also fund two specialist working groups —one looking at the issues of gender in our workforce (the underrepresentation of women) and the second, in conjunction with ATAC, to address the critical shortage of pilots.
The Occupational Standards project proposes to review and update our existing standards, add five new ones, and transform them into skills based standards, which will facilitate cross training and upskilling. The entire CCAA collection would be digitized to facilitate future updates, but also to enable digital delivery. This means electronic logbooks and other enhancements. As part of the project we would also update the certification process and develop training materials for Evaluators.
CCAA Meeting with Transport Canada, (TC): CCAA met with Transport Canada on October 27th. The meeting was very positive with CCAA providing an update on its ongoing projects and plans for future work. Transport Canada was very supportive. CCAA encouraged Transport Canada to accelerate the approval of additional on line content at Transport Canada Approved Training Organizations.
CCAA’s Board of Directors Meeting was kindly hosted by Fred Jones, President and CEO of the Helicopter Association of Canada, (HAC), for its November 10th meeting. The Board welcomed Richard Steer (Senior Vice- President Operations, Air Canada) to his first meeting as a Board Member.
CCAA Magnet, New Online Job Matching for Aviation & Aerospace Employers, Students, and Job-seekers: Our current Labour Market Information project includes setting up a new system powered by data-rich, job-matching technology which connects job seekers with employers based on skills, preferences and talent needs. CCAA is the Magnet administrator for the national Aviation & Aerospace manufacturing industries. The Magnet system was designed and built by Ryerson University’s information technology department. Magnet already works with several other the high-demand sectors, and provincial governments (to date) and has over 10,000 employers already in their database. The system will match jobs with candidates. We will keep you posted on the developments as we approach launch in the New Year.
Christmas Holidays 2018: CCAA offices in Ottawa will be closing at 15:00 on Friday 22nd December and will re-open on Tuesday 2nd of January. Of course, our online training platform will be working throughout.
The Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace would like to extend its very best wishes to you for a very safe, and a very merry, Holiday season.Thank you once again to the Sponsors of CCAA’s National Labour Market Strategy Day 2017
Be Prepared for the New Regulations for Seaplane Operators
As you may recall, a Notice of Proposed New Regulations (Recommendation A11-06) was presented in December 2014.
The recommendation proposes changes to the Canadian Airworthiness Regulations, requiring all passengers and crew on Seaplanes or Float Planes to wear constant-wear life vests.
Transport Canada's initial recommendation was published in the Gazette on May 21st, 2016. A 2nd and final publication is planned for 2017. Once accepted, a period of 12-18 months will be granted for compliance.
We understand that several operators still need to make changes to their safety equipment in order to be compliant to the coming changes in regulations. This translates with the need to invest in new personal flotation devices for many operators.
As an Eastern Aero Marine (EAM) Premier Gold Distributor, Tulmar Safety Systems offers a selection of constant-wear life vests to ensure our customers can meet these changes. We also understand the investment required and have proactively negotiated with the OEM to offer our existing and new customers reasonable pricing.
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Dear Corporate members:
We are currently working on enhancing our website. In the near future, we will be adding a corporate member link which will direct website users to a new page displaying your company logo and a link to your website. We ask you to take a moment to:
a) supply us with your company logo and website information
b) if you wish to not have your logo and website link displayed please advise us at your earliest convenience
Air Cadet Squadron need gymnasium-type Hall.
Tuesday evenings 6:30 to 9:30 PM and Sundays for a few hours. Also need office /storage space to keep some training supplies and uniforms. Do you know of a hall that would be pleased to support the national Air Cadet program? Some funds are provided for hall rental. Ideally, hall would be located in south or southwest corner of Winnipeg, inside the Perimeter. Thank you!
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Winnipeg FIR winners in the Points of Pride 2016
Cindy Westphal – Manager, Quality Assurance, Employee & Manager Mentor, Project Management
Chairman’s Award for Employee Excellence in Safety
Cindy’s exceptional passion and commitment to the mentorship and development of people has made a huge impact to the team in Winnipeg. She has taken talented, promising and eager young staff and helped to make effective leaders of them. The people she has coached credit her organizational and professional knowledge, sage advice, and enthusiastic and unwavering support as catalytic to her success.
Jim Daher – Shift Manager
Chairman’s Award for Employee Excellence in Safety
Inspired by his experience on CASOP, Jim believed the spirit of this national initiative could be applied locally, in the Winnipeg FIR, and developed a customer and staff safety information sharing initiative called Bear-Pits. Co-workers and customers alike have praised Jim’s effort and view these open, face-to-face meetings as both innovative and productive.
Todd Lewis – Team Supervisor Brandon FSS
President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement – Team Award
Todd was a member on a team of individuals who collaborated to rebuild the Manual of Operations (MANOPS). After 40 years in service the weight volumes were replaced by a pared-down, discipline specific manuals. The new Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) is a radical departure from MANOPS: the publications are smaller, handier, and easier to update; the information, while accurate and complete, is more concise and presented in a more logical format; terminology is consistent; and the language is clearer, easier to read, and less open to misinterpretation. Five years in development, this project involved an immense amount of work from a highly engaged, diverse, and cohesive team, representing Operational Publications and all Air Traffic Services groups.
La Ronge Flight Service Station Team
President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement – Team Award
In the summer of 2015, following the driest spring on record in more than a century, Northern Saskatchewan was inundated with wildfires that wiped out 1.8 million hectares of forest. The town of La Ronge was placed under general evacuation order and the Flight Service Specialists were told by authorities they would have to leave as well. The team reluctantly left, but the next day Wildfire Management asked them to resume their posts to help with firefighting operations in the area. Air Traffic Services were required, due to reduced visibility and the high number of aircraft involved. While under no obligation to return – due to the danger of the fire and the proximity to the airport – the specialists volunteered to turn back, fully aware of the poor air quality and limited access to accommodation and supplies. Despite the fires along the highway south of town, they were in position the next day, much to the relief of air crews. Throughout this emergency, the dedicated staff of La Ronge Flight Service Station showed grit and an outstanding commitment to safe air operations, to their community, and to each other.
Top 20 Under 40 Winners
Wings Magazine has released their “Top 20 Under 40” listing for 2016 and the Manitoba Aviation Council is pleased to see MAC member company Fast Air with an employee who is being singled out as a top achiever on a national scale. We congratulate Denis Bourgouin and Fast Air on this remarkable achievement.
To see all 20 under 40 winners please click here
NAV CANADA Announces Decision to Reduce Service Charges by an average of 7.6 per cent
For details on Nav Canada's reduction in service charges please click here: http://www.navcanada.ca/EN/media/Pages/NR-25-2016.aspx