Canadian North and Mount Royal University are set to help address Canada’s critical pilot shortage with a new partnership.

An announcement regarding the initiative took place in Calgary, Alberta, by Michael Rodyniuk, Canadian North’s CEO, and Kelly Williams-Whitt, Mount Royal University’s Dean of the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies.

Among the key components are:

  • A unique nomination programme that enables Canadian North to nominate up to 10% of Mount Royal University’s annual pilot programme admissions, with a specific focus on empowering Inuit students.
    Successful candidates admitted to Mount Royal University’s pilot programme will receive conditional letters of offer from the airline.
    Canadian North and Mount Royal University will ensure that aspiring pilots receive the financial support they need to pursue their education and career in aviation.

Canada is currently facing a nationwide pilot shortage, with the demand for skilled pilots surpassing the available workforce.

Canadian North and Mount Royal University

This partnership between Canadian North and Mount Royal University signifies a “pivotal step toward addressing this industry-wide challenge while nurturing the talents of Inuit students”, the companies said.

Canadian North is a 100% Inuit-owned airline that connects people and delivers essential goods throughout Canada’s North.

The airline services 25 communities within the Northwest Territories, Nunavik and Nunavut, as well as Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary – with a fleet of Boeing 737, ATR 42 and ATR 72 Freighter aircraft.

The company, wholly-owned by Makivik Corporation and Inuvialuit Development Corporation, also offers charter services for large resource sector clients requiring fly-in/fly-out air service. It operates flights across North America for sports teams, cruise lines and tour operators.
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