Province Approves New Commercial Flight and Aviation Leadership Program

September 13, 2019 12:30 P.M.

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

LONDON — The Ontario Government is providing more choice for aviation training by approving Fanshawe College’s new Commercial Flight and Aviation Leadership program to start in fall 2020.

“Our government supports initiatives that give workers the knowledge and skills they need to succeed and keep Ontario Open for Business — and we believe this program will do just that,” said David Piccini, Ministry of Training, College and Universities Parliamentary Assistant.

“Fanshawe is taking another step to give their students more opportunities to succeed. By approving Fanshawe’s new Commercial Flight and Aviation Leadership program, our Government has taken a critical step in providing more choice for aviation training,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour.

The new three-year program, the first of its kind, will be focused on aviation leadership and flight training. It will offer a wide range of in-demand career skills and knowledge and increase options for students in the aviation program. The program will also bring new aviation industry opportunities to the London region.

“Fanshawe is proud to be expanding its aviation offerings to include flight training at the Norton Wolf School of Aviation Technology,” said Peter Devlin, President of Fanshawe College. “With these new programs, the College will be a major training destination for future aerospace careers both nationally and internationally.”

“We know there is growing demand for people in the aviation sector, especially commercial pilots. This proposed program and Fanshawe’s partnership with Diamond Flight Centre will give students the training and skills they need to meet the current job demands.” said Jeff Yurek, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks.

Quick Facts

  • Almost 86 per cent of 2016-17 of all Ontario college graduates were employed within six months of graduating.
  • According to the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (2018), there is strong and growing labour market demand for licensed commercial pilots.
  • The job outlook for air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors for 2017-2021 is above average with a total of 801-900 projected openings in Ontario.
  • Industry projections suggest a need for 620,000 active airline pilots world-wide by 2036 up from 290,00 in 2017.
  • Fanshawe offers a comprehensive suite of aviation and aerospace-related programming, including technology, manufacturing and structural repair.

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