Flight training in Canada is available through commercial flying schools, flying clubs, freelance flying instructors, community colleges, the air cadets and the military.
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Flight training courses meet standards set by Transport Canada. Most schools offer pay-as-you-go courses that can be started almost any time and taken at whatever pace is convenient for the student. Ground school classes are usually at pre-set times, while individual flying lessons are booked in advance. The books, maps and flight planning material necessary are available at the schools.
Canada has a strong network of non-profit flying clubs that were established where, at one time, the flying activity did not support a commercial school. These clubs range in size from one aircraft with two members to over 1,000 members flying over 30 aircraft. Most offer flight training to the same government standards. Except for annual dues, flying clubs operate the same as a commercial flying school. With a club, social programs for aviation enthusiasts are a bonus.
Flying clubs that offer flight training can be found at this link along with flying schools.
A small amount of flight training is conducted by qualified freelance instructors teaching on student-owned aircraft. This arrangement helps members of small communities obtain flight training on their own aircraft (applies to multiple-owner aircraft) without establishing a flying training unit.
Several post-secondary educational institutions across Canada offer aviation diploma courses that include pilot training. These colleges are also listed here.
The pilot instruction adheres to regular Transport Canada standards but it is complemented by other college courses. Entrance to these schools is limited and candidates must meet certain educational requirements. The cost of training is partially subsidized by the government and students are eligible for financial assistance.
The Air Cadet League of Canada operates local air cadet squadrons for teenagers across the country. In this program, young men and women learn about aviation, discipline and life. Every year, hundreds of air cadets qualify for glider and certified airplane training scholarships. The glider program is subsidized by the Canadian Armed Forces. The cost of the airplane training is covered by the military as well as donations from private individuals, industry and associations. For more information, contact the League’s headquarters listed in the “Links” section of this Web site.
The Canadian Armed Forces accepts men and women for pilot training. Candidates come from the community college programs, universities or the Royal Military College. The age and physical requirements are strict, but the successful applicant can look forward to flying fighters, transports or helicopters. Contact your local Canadian Armed Forces recruiting office.