OTTAWA, April 29, 2013 /CNW/ - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA) issued the following
statement in response to the announcement by the Human Resources and
Skills Development (HRSDC) and Citizenship, Immigration and
Multiculturalism departments of changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker
Program. For years, ALPA has led efforts to tighten the rules governing
the program under which Canadian airlines are currently able to augment
their crews on a seasonal basis with foreign pilots.
"ALPA has long-advocated for reforming the Temporary Foreign Worker
Program to ensure that Canadian airline pilots benefit from available
aviation job opportunities. Of the announced changes, the requirement
that employers who rely on temporary foreign workers must have a firm
plan in place to transition to a Canadian workforce over time through
the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) process is welcomed.
"This specific policy change is in line with information recently
obtained by ALPA that one of the airlines which relies heavily on the
program will, in the future, be expected to make investments in
training for Canadian pilots commensurate with 25 percent of their
annual requirement for foreign pilots via the LMO process, thereby
gradually eliminating the need for foreign crews.
"While we have made progress, ALPA remains concerned that aviation jobs
continue to be outsourced to foreign workers at a time when a number of
highly qualified Canadian pilots are unemployed. Through our ongoing
work with regulators and legislators, ALPA continues to advocate for
further reforms to this and other programs under which foreign pilots
are hired. We will not let up in our efforts to protect our members'
jobs and bring furloughed Canadian pilots back to work."
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world's largest pilot union, representing
more than 50,000 pilots at 34 airlines in the United States and Canada,
including the 2,800 Canadian flight crewmembers who fly for Air
Transat, Bearskin, Calm Air, Canadian North, CanJet, First Air, Jazz
Aviation, Kelowna Flightcraft, and Wasaya. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org.
SOURCE: Air Line Pilots Association, Intl
For further information:
Capt. Dan Adamus, ALPA Canada Board president, 613/293-0882, Dan.Adamus@alpa.org