April 10th, 2019 – Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, says the Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities has tabled its 29th report, SUPPORTING CANADA’S FLIGHT SCHOOLS, in response to his private members motion M-177 (pilot shortage in Canada).
M-177 called for the Committee to study flight training schools in Canada and the challenges flight schools are facing in providing trained pilots to industry. It was passed in the House of Commons on November 28th, 2018.
The report confirms that with an increase in air passenger traffic worldwide, the demand for qualified pilots is outpacing current training capacity, affecting not only commercial aviation, but also the military, as well as remote communities that rely on air transport for food, medicine and other goods.
Estimates are that Canada will need 7,000 to 10,000 new pilots by 2025, resulting in a projected shortage of at least 3,000 pilots, given our current production rate
The Committee put forward 13 recommendations including: providing incentives to promote flight instruction as a career path; increasing support to flight schools to assist with high capital costs; improving existing financial assistance programs for flight training programs; taking measures to retain international flight students who have graduated from Canadian flight schools; reviewing regulatory oversight of safety and working conditions for new pilots; and supporting the development of new technologies and regulatory modernization to allow their appropriate use in flight training.
The federal government will now review the Committee’s recommendations to determine what measures it can take to help alleviate the challenge.
“Aviation connects Canada and Canadians in ways no other form of transportation can, and our country’s economic prosperity in every region is highly influenced by the health and well-being of the Canadian aviation sector,” said MP Fuhr.
“By helping to bring the issue of pilot shortage in Canada to the attention of government, and now with solid recommendations from the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities in hand, we are in a better position to determine an effective way forward to alleviate Canada’s pilot shortage,” he said.
The Committee’s full report can be found at the following link: http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/TRAN/report-29/
CONTACT: Stephen Fuhr, CD, MP 613 992-7006