Two Canadian airlines using temporary foreign pilots

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It’s not just fast food joints hiring temporary foreign workers in Canada. The Air Line Pilots Association is hoping the Federal Government will change regulations as two Canadian airlines use hundreds of temporary foreign pilots every year.

“We don’t have the exact numbers, but we believe last season, the winter season, there was close to 200 foreign pilots at Sunwing, and approximately 25 to 30 at Canjet,” says Captain Dan Adamus. He adds the airlines are able to hire foreign workers because they require pilots to have ratings required to fly a Boeing 737-NG. Adamus says that training is generally provided by the company after hiring because it can cost up to 40 thousand dollars. He says securing pilots who already have the required training is much more economical for the airlines.

Even so, Adamus says there are Canadian pilots with the proper rating. “We feel that there’s qualified Canadians who can do the work. And we’ve been lobbying the government for many years trying to make sure that happens. Canadians should be first in line for these jobs.”

The other part of the reason the two discount airlines aren’t hiring Canadian workers according to Adamus is they only employ pilots during peak travel periods, not year round like other similar discount companies…