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Old 21st Dec 2020, 14:24
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Hey guys, I'm from india and I'm planning to do my pilot training in Canada. Is it a good idea in the first place?
And also how are the job opportunities in canada for a foreign national like me(Indian)?
Thank you
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Old 21st Dec 2020, 18:00
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Right now, there are a lot of unemployed pilots because of Covid... same as everywhere else around the world.

No one in Canada goes from flight school to airline. It doesn't work that way here. You have to get a job somewhere and build experience because there is a surplus of pilots here and Covid has exasperated this situation.

First thing you would need is the legal right to work here. You will have to look at the immigration pages of the Canadian government before you do anything else. Should you have the right to work here, then feel free to give it a try, but perhaps waiting until things get better might be wise.

As I said, you will not get a job with an airline right out of flight school, it just doesn't happen. We only have two major airlines in the country and both have laid off pilots waiting to get their jobs back. Canada does offer unique flying experiences where one can fly a lot of light aircraft in challenging and sometimes life threatening conditions into very remote areas. Depending on what the economy looks like a year or two from now, you may be working a dock or ramp somewhere hoping to get into an airplane for anywhere from a month to a couple of years... or the economy breaks loose and you get a job flying right away. There's just no predicting anything right now.

However, were I to pull out my crystal ball, I would predict that you want to avoid Canada as we are a dying country held under water until there's no signs of life left by our current government. Our current government has decided we need to solve the worlds global warming issue single highhandedly by taxation. They are putting some rather draconian carbon taxes into play, and planning to grow those taxes by 500% in the next 9 years. That will raise the price of everything while stopping anyone from investing any money into this country. As you know, an airline's second greatest operating cost is fuel and this will only compound that cost exponentially. I believe this will cripple the transportation industry and along with it, all other industries in this country.

Best of luck with your decision.

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Old 24th Dec 2020, 06:56
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My situation is similar to you. I am Chinese who is planning to get my CPL(commerical pilot license)in Canada and dreaming to emigrate.
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Old 29th Dec 2020, 01:37
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Hey man,

Given the current circumstances I would say that coming to acquire your license in Canada is certainly possible as Canadian flight schools currently rely on foreign students heavily. That said be careful on what flight schools sell you to get you in the door. A career at a major Canadian Airline (or even LCC, Regional) may not be as likely as they make it seem. You must keep in mind that if you are coming on a student VISA that it does not give you the legal right to work in Canada more than 20 hours a week and when you have completed your studies you no longer have this right to live and work in Canada automatically.

As the previous poster mentioned thousands of pilots will have to be recalled over the next couple years and with the current government's attitude towards the aviation sector it will be a smaller industry in Canada going forward. That means the thousands of airlines pilots who hold seniority
numbers at these carriers will need to be recalled before a single new pilot can be hired in which case there will be a number of pilots from smaller carriers lining up for those jobs all of which already have the right to live and work in Canada. I personally don't believe that we will see the movement we saw in the previous years for sometime if ever again.

Obviously this just my opinion not trying to deter you, just trying to be realistic.
Either way good luck to you which ever route you choose.
Feel free to PM if you have any further questions.
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Old 4th Jan 2021, 23:44
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Indeed. By late 2021 or early 2022 I forecast a resurgence of hiring a thousand (1,000) furloughed and laid-off Canadian pilots, but I do NOT foresee a surge of hiring new pilots. Stay in India, China and Africa for the interim.

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