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Old 09-05-2008, 02:48 PM
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I'm a pilot in the U.S. getting a little fed up with things... I've always loved canada and see plenty of job openings up there, and i've figured out the whole process for converting licenses over to canadian, but does anyone have any information regarding getting the legal right to work in canada? Any info would be much appreciated.
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Old 09-05-2008, 05:29 PM
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Get married to someone who is from Canada. Thats about it.
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:26 AM
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She's from Canada. Marry her. Might as well have some fun while you're getting your visa.
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:41 PM
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I've often considered moving to canada as well. I talked to the canadian equivalent of the FAA and they said that the conversion process is pretty easy, consisting of a written exam. I have heard, however, that getting on with a main carrier in CA is a little difficult. I have talked with a couple of smaller carriers though and they're desperate for pilots. As far as citizenship goes, becoming a canadian is one of the easiest things in the world for an american. Brush up on your french though. good luck!
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Old 09-11-2008, 08:49 PM
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is air canada jazz looking for pilots...?
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Old 09-13-2008, 08:16 AM
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Becoming a Canadian citizen is NOT in any way whatsoever easier for an American...... than it is for a citizen of any other country. The same requirements are in place. No special treatment for americans.
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Old 09-13-2008, 09:39 AM
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Becoming a citizen is easy if your married to a canadian. But if your not its going to be alot of paperwork and take some time. Conversion to CAA licensing is easy as doing the medical and taking the written up there. Now the other issue is getting a job. Good luck, they require permanent resident status or citizenship. Getting the license conversion is the easy part, the right to work up there is a whole other story. Besides Air Canada just furloughed a bunch and Air Canada Jazz requirements are more strict than the mainline are! Your chances are better down in the states.
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Old 09-14-2008, 10:25 AM
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Just a heads up for those thinking of coming to Canada for a flying job. I just lost my job at Zoom Airlines as a 767 capt. This is the second airline that I have worked for that has gone out of business with little or no warning. I have now decided to leave the Canadian aviation industry behind and seek employment overseas. Even when the industry is booming it is actually in the descent to the next bust. Entry level pay is horrendous even at Air Canada and West Jet (the two main carriers in Canada). If you like working for years and building up to a respectable salary and then taking a 30 or 40 thousand dollar hit when the company goes bust and you have to start all over then this is the place for you.
All of my cynicism aside, if you are looking for an entry level position with a regional carrier or vacation airline you may want to look at Jazz, Porter, West Jet, and Sunwing. A friend of mine said that Jazz is actually hiring guys right out of aviation colleges (some kind of cadet program). Sunwing just scooped a bunch of Zoom 767 pilots and will possibly be taking more in January. Air Transat is hiring but they have thing for pilots that speak French. All in all, the aviation industry here mirrors that of the US. Companies going bust, furloughs but still minor hiring in the regionals. Best of luck to the brave that venture here!
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Old 09-15-2008, 09:23 PM
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How easy is it and what is the process to become a CA citizen if your wife is Canadian? My wife is, I've also heard the conversion process is pretty easy. Although I don't know what I'd do up there - maybe try to find work for an oil company or something. The flying version of "Ice Road Truckers".
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Old 10-04-2008, 07:48 AM
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Does anyone know how much are their taxes?
I have flown to Canada many times with some long layovers and it seems people were complaining about taxes, especially the small business owners.

I was also told that you can go and see a doctor for free, but you'd have to stand in line. If it is something serious you might have to wait for a MRI for up to 6 months. So whoever can afford just goes to the US for medical procedures.
Is that true?
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