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.

Wage Subsidy Program for Work Integrated Learning: The Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP) focuses on occupations in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and business.

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   

Tulmar Can Help

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.

Ordering is quick, simple and cost effective.  

Our Available Vest Models

Bravo Vests

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Have Questions?

We're happy to help answer any questions you may have. 

Contact our Sales Department at

 613-632-1282 and ask for Francine

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Tulmar Safety Systems Inc., 1123 Cameron Street, Hawkesbury, Ontario K6A 2B8 Canada


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! 

contact Jessica


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.


NOTAM - Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Transport Canada released an article about the dangers of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cell phones.  To read the article, please click on the link: 


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:


Key Suppliers Join Maintenance Hub - Air Canada Signs Deals for Centre of Excellence

You can read all about this in the Winnipeg Free Press by following this link:

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