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  1. It varies from one applicant to another. Sometimes the TFW is already type rated on the Machine that the Canadian Operator has and the savings comes from not having to pay the Type Rating of the Canadian. Some flight schools that have a charter Operations on the side, hire their ex foreign students as TFW on their charter side for free or peanuts or use that as an attraction for more foreign students..... Sometimes the TFW is not paid at all, but actually offered to pay to fly in order to gain experience to go back home with. Sometimes as in the case of the Sunwing TFW pilots who come from TUI, the pilot is already paid year round by TUI, the owner of Sunwing and TUI does not want to pay for a second Canadian pilot when they are already paying a European pilot to fly the machine in Europe (which is leased to Sunwing in the winter) Sometimes the TFW actually earns much less than Canadians. Sunwing First Year Canadian First Officers earn about $60,000. I've read that first year Travel Service First Officer, a Czech airlines that provides pilots to Sunwing, earn $660 Euros per month the first 18 months in the company and $1200 Euros per month after, about 25% of the salary of the Canadians whose jobs they are taking away, plus they have to pay their Type ratings out of their pocket at home..... Hope that clears it up for you.......
  2. The English petition is in English, the French one is in French
  3. Yesterday we started a petition against Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) pilots in Canada. Please sign it and ask your family and friends to sign it as well. We have an english version: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Canadien_government_Canadien_aircraft_flown_by_Canadian_pilots//?launch and a French version of the same Petition, so sign either one. https://secure.avaaz.org/fr/petition/Canadien_government_Canadien_aircraft_flown_by_Canadian_pilots//?launch We are looking for 50,000 signatures so everyone should pitch in to make sure their friends and relatives all sign it. We are only going to run it for a few weeks because we would like to turn it in before Parliament closes on June 23 so please spread the word. Lets show them that pilots can get together for once........
  4. Those pilots that are qualified for a job and that are overlooked in favor of a TFW pilot should write as soon as possible to their MP and complain. This happens not only at Sunwing but at many aircraft operators throughout Canada. Many Helicopter Operators and Crop Dusters make use of TFW pilots in the summer. This must be stopped. Those jobs are for Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada first and should only be offered to TFW pilots if qualified Canadians cannot be found. You don't need to be type rated or need to have any special qualifications other than what would normally be required for that post. How to find your MP http://www.parl.gc.ca/ParlInfo/compilations/HouseOfCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC Here is a sample letter, should you need one. Of course, edit it as required to fit your particular situation. Sample Letter to Members of Parliament <<Date>> <<Your Name>> <<Your Address/e-mail/fax number>> <<Honourable Mr./Ms. [Your MP’s Full Name], Member of Parliament>> <<MP’s address/e-mail/fax number>> Dear <<Mr./Ms. [MP’s last name]>>, As a Canadian pilot and your constituent, I am writing you to share a concern that I have regarding the employment of temporary foreign worker pilots in Canada. There is a trend among some Canadian aircraft operators to augment their crew contingent with Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) pilots. In recent years, TFW Foreign pilots have been hired by dozens of aircraft operators in this country, from British Columbia to Newfoundland, in all sectors of Canadian aviation. As many as 356 TFW pilots were admitted into Canada in 2013, and another 218 in 2014. Some are hired for short seasonal jobs by many are given work permits for two year periods. There are helicopter operators int this country that employ more TFW pilots than Canadians and Suwning Airlines has employed over 100 TFW pilots each winter for several consecutive years. Sunwing airlines plans to again hire over 100 TFW pilots next winter while overlooking available and qualified Canadian pilots. The guidelines for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program stipulate that eligible foreign workers may be employed if the employer can demonstrate that they are unable to or train find qualified Canadians/permanent residents to fill the positions and that Canadians must be given first shot at Canadian jobs. As a pilot, I know that there are highly qualified unemployed pilots in Canada. Several airlines in Canada have recently furloughed dozens of pilots and the low oil prices have greatly reduced helicopter operations in the oil patch, greatly reducing the number of available helicopter pilot jobs. Rather than utilizing the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to fill genuine personnel shortages, I feel that the program is being used to create economic advantage as the carriers can eliminate the costs incurred for pilot training hire pilots only seasonally. As your constituent, I urge you to raise the matter in writing with the Honourable Pierre Polièvre, minister for Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). I believe the Temporary Foreign Worker Program needs to be amended to ensure that TFWs are never hired on dubious excuses provided by employers but only to fill genuine labor shortages. Thank you for your attention in this matter. I look forward to hearing from you on it. Sincerely, <<Your Name>>
  5. Good timing. This morning I received an Access to Information Request I made on May 13 2014. It took almost a year to receive it. It contains all the approved LMO applications made by Canadian Aircraft Operators between Oct 2014 and May 13 2014, with all supporting documents. In a few days, we will publish an indexed version of same document with applicant's name in the index. I encourage all pilots to go over this 1000+ page document to see what dubious claims Employers often make to avoid hiring qualified Canadian pilots in favor of TFW pilots: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5853ejl2jrclmeu/LMO%20aplications%20Oct2013-May2014.pdf?dl=0
  6. When an operator makes an LMIA application to ESDC and 50 qualified pilots apply for the job, there is no way for ESDC to know any different if it tells ESDC that there were no qualified applicants. They can just throw all the high time quality applicants in the trash and show a few low time applicants to ESDC to demonstrate that there are no qualified applicants in Canada. If after that, one of you writes to them to state that you applied there and had not heard of the Operator, its will give them ammunition to take action.
  7. Today we had a meeting at Employment and Skills Development Canada (ESDC) in YOW. We went there to ask them to stop allowing Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) pilots into Canada, not only in the airlines business but in all aviation sectors, flight Instruction, 702, 703 and 704. I made a special mention of the TFW problem in the Helicopter industry. One of the complaints the Director of the TFWP at ESDC made to us, is that they set up a means for people to complain against abuses in the TFWP but very few pilots have lodged complaints. They need complaints in order to take any action because without the complaints, they have no means to know when Employers made bogus representations to them in order to import Foreign Pilots. So all those who think that they were denied a job for which they were qualified in favor of a TFW pilots, or who were refused a Captains position in favor of a TFW captain, please file a complaint. It can be anonymous and your identity will remain confidential. The website to file a complaint is here: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/about/integrity/tfwp/reporting.shtml And by the way, we created a Facebook Group to fight this problem https://www.facebook.com/groups/815822155174969/815854165171768/?comment_id=815870788503439&notif_t=group_comment I hope this is permitted to post. If not Mods, remove that last part only and not the whole post please.
  8. My efforts are not targeting foreign pilots who immigrate to Canada. It targets those Canadian companies, who claim that there are no qualified pilots in Canada and use that excuse to hire TFW pilots who take the jobs that should go to Canadians and Permanent Residents of this country.
  9. Well I often get attacked by the few Sunwing fools who were led to believe that its thanks to TFW pilots that their company was able to expand and hire them, and that further use of more TFW will fuel even more growth and enable Sunwing to hire more Canadian pilots. These fools do not understand that if Sunwing who has 120 TFW pilots right now were to be denied those TFW next winter, that these positions would all be filled by Canadian pilots next year. Then there are those who are afraid for their jobs, afraid of their employers, afraid of their chief pilots and whose motto in aviation is to stick their heads in every hole they encounter along the way, except when of course, they do something that their employer, chief pilot would approve of, which passes for sucking up to, and which does not imperil their jobs, like bravely attacking Gilles Hudicourt while writing under an alias on a Forum. Once there was a Sunwing guy who was being insulting and cocky with me and from his earlier posts where he said he was flying turbo props, I knew he was a recent Sunwing hire. I posted that anyone who knew his real identity please PM me. Within one hour, our brave warrior had deleted all of his posts........
  10. Yesterday, I was going over some of the LMO applications some operators made and the arguments they filed in order to justify not hiring Canadian. One for example listed "500 hours and willing to live up north". He added a note stating Canadians were unwilling to live where the job was offered, which I know to be BS. The problem is Canadians have no idea these claims are made, and ESDC which is to evaluate the applications have neither the means nor the required background needed to evaluate these fake operator claims. We need to unite to fight this kind of plague together. We are all affected : flight instructors, corporate, 702, 703, 704 and 705, both fixed and rotary.
  11. I would. But I'm francophone, live in Quebec, am an ATPL rated pilot flying 705 large fixed wing jets, for Air Transat, all reasons that will scare many pilots away. Similar to some of the reasons that the CPPC did not gain broad support perhaps.
  12. I see no one is really interested. You find acceptable that the Helicopter Association of Canada tells the government that foreign pilots are necessary ? https://www.dropbox.com/s/pcj1k5qamssi6ma/Helicopter%20Association%20of%20Canada_Honourable_Jason_Kenny.pdf?dl=0
  13. Many countries need Foreign pilots. Canada does not.
  14. Hello Everyone, As many of you know, for the past three years, I've been fighting the issue of Foreign Pilots that certain airlines in Canada employed every winter as Temporary Foreign Workers. At the time this practice was limited to Canjet and Sunwing in the 705 sector. I have since learned that all Operators have recourse to Temporary Foreign Worker Pilots, from Flight Schools, to 702, 703 and 704 Operators. It seems that every year, hundreds of Foreign Pilots are given Temporary Work Permits to come to work in Canada and take jobs away from Canadians. This is especially prevalent in the helicopter industry. I think that this practice must stop. The aviation industry is well represented by all sorts of Industry associations which all lobby to the government in favor of their particular sector of the aviation industry. These interests are often opposed to those of Canadian pilots, like the recent crew rest legislation, that the aviation industry mostly opposes. There is no one that lobbies or does anything to defend the interests of Canadian professional pilots. Unions do a very poor job and many Professional pilots are not even under a Union. Often, pilots are afraid to speak out because their fear consequences such as blacklisting from being hired. Is it not time that some form of pilot association be created to defend the interests of all professional pilots in Canada ? Flight instructors, corporate pilots, charter pilots, crop dusters, water bombers, helicopter pilots, commuter pilots, and airline pilots. Anyone who has a CPL or an ATPL. An organisation created and run by people who are representative of the above pilots groups and who could speak for them, and defend their interests ? How do we go about creating such an Association that would encompass everyone, look after everyone and whose sole mandate would be to defend the interests of Canadian commercial pilots and speak on their behalf as a strong and unified group ?. Such a group would need thousands of members to be credible and have any teeth. (over 5000 at least) Where to begin and how ? Gilles
  15. http://www.cbaamatters.com/wp-content/uploads/Submission-to-the-Minister-of-Transport-by-the-Coalition-Opposing-FDT-proposal1.pdf This is what the Helicopter Industry had to say to CARAC with regards to the proposed new Flight and Duty Time Regulations:
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