ACPA Media Releases

Air Canada Pilots Association supports Transport Minister's new interim rules for drones
March 16, 201716 March 2017
Pilots pleased to see immediate introduction of rules to address reckless use of recreational drones in restricted airspace.
Welcome aboard the new ACPA.ca
June 15, 201615 June 2016
TORONTO - The Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) is happy to present its newly designed website. The new design features enhanced resources for the public — from details on ACPA’s position on critical advocacy work to profiles of pilot members.
Air Canada Pilots Association supports Transport Minister's efforts to raise awareness of dangers posed by drones operated in restricted airspace
June 13, 201613 June 2016
TORONTO, ON – The Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) supports Minister of Transport Marc Garneau's efforts aimed at drawing greater attention to the danger posed by drones operated in restricted airspace.
Air Canada Pilots Association supports Transport Minister Marc Garneau in his efforts to raise awareness of the danger of laser strikes in Canada
May 24, 201624 May 2016
TORONTO, ON – The Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) today lauded Minister of Transport Marc Garneau’s efforts aimed at drawing greater attention to the danger posed by anyone who targets an aircraft with lasers.
Air Canada Pilots Elect New Chair of Governing Council
February 24, 201624 February 2016
TORONTO – The Master Elected Council (MEC) of the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) yesterday elected Captain Kevin Vaillant as Chair for a three-year term, effective April 1, 2016.
Air Canada Pilots Association Welcomes New CEO
January 29, 201629 January 2016
Toronto – Captain Geoff Wall, Chair of the Master Elected Council of the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA), and Captain Ian Smith, President of ACPA, are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Milt Isaacs as its inaugural Chief Executive Officer, effective February 1, 2016.
Air Canada Pilots Disappointed and Frustrated at Government Delays in Updating Canada’s Flight and Duty Time Regulations to Global Standards
August 12, 201512 August 2015
Ottawa - Air Canada pilots today expressed their disappointment and frustration with the federal government for failing to take action to update Canada’s flight crew fatigue management regulations.
Air Canada Pilots Statement on Air Safety Improvements
March 27, 201527 March 2015
Toronto-The Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) today issued the following statement by ACPA President Captain Ian Smith in response to changes in safety procedures at Air Canada
Air Canada Pilots Elect New President
December 5, 20145 December 2014
Toronto – Air Canada pilots have elected two officers to lead their 3,000-member Association over the next two years.
Air Canada Pilots Ratify New Agreement with Air Canada
October 31, 201431 October 2014
TORONTO – Air Canada pilots have ratified the new agreement recently negotiated with the airline.
Air Canada Pilots Reach New Agreement with Air Canada
October 6, 20146 October 2014
TORONTO –A new agreement has been reached between Air Canada and the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) establishing compensation, benefits and other work rules until September 2024, which must be ratified by a majority vote of ACPA’s 3,000 members.
International Winter Operations Conference Brings Global Aviation Experts to Vancouver
October 4, 20144 October 2014
Vancouver – Some of the world’s leading aviation experts will present the latest advances in safety at the third International Winter Operations Conference, to be held October 9-10 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.
Air Canada Pilots Welcome Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program
April 30, 201330 April 2013
TORONTO – The Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) today welcomed the federal government’s reform of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which the Association has been advocating for several years.
Air Canada Pilots Elect New Officers
October 25, 201225 October 2012
Toronto - Air Canada pilots have chosen new officers to lead their 3,000 - member association.
To Air Canada Shareholders
June 4, 20124 June 2012
You will be aware that the Air Canada Pilots Association’s attempts to negotiate a new collective agreement have failed, resulting in the dispute being sent to an arbitration process imposed by the federal government.
Well Done!
May 20, 201220 May 2012
Fellow Pilots, There have been a number of high profile incidents lately on the line, including engine failures. Our crews have demonstrated the utmost level of professionalism, as always, with the safety of our passengers in mind.
Air Canada Pilots Dispute Goes to Arbitration
May 19, 201219 May 2012
TORONTO – A ten-day effort by Air Canada pilots to negotiate a new agreement with the airline has failed, sending the dispute to federally-legislated arbitration.
Air Canada Pilots Launch Court Challenge of Federal Legislation
March 20, 201220 March 2012
TORONTO – Air Canada pilots are asking the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to rule that federal legislation passed last week, forcing them to fly and accept a contract imposed through arbitration....
Media Availability – Air Canada Pilots Association to Take Questions Following Senate Committee
March 14, 201214 March 2012
OTTAWA – Captain Jean-Marc Bélanger, Chair of the Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Canada Pilots Association, and Captain Paul Strachan, President of the Air Canada Pilots Association...
Majority of Canadians Want Air Canada Negotiations, Not Government Intervention
March 13, 201213 March 2012
TORONTO – A majority of Canadians want Air Canada to negotiate a new contract with its pilots and avoid having the federal government impose arbitration, according to a survey released today by the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA).
Air Canada Pilots Choose New Chair of Governing Council
March 12, 201212 March 2012
TORONTO - The Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) today elected Captain Jean-Marc Bélanger as Chair for the remainder of its two-year term.
Air Canada Pilots to Vote on Corporation’s Offer
March 8, 20128 March 2012
TORONTO – Air Canada pilots will vote on the latest offer from their employer, with their Association recommending that the pilots reject the offer and send a message to their employer to get serious about negotiations.
Vote Shows Air Canada Pilots United for Negotiated Contract
February 14, 201214 February 2012
TORONTO - Air Canada pilots have voted 97 per cent in favour of a strike mandate, giving their Association an overwhelming mandate to achieve a negotiated agreement at the bargaining table. More than 97 per cent of the pilots took part in the vote.
Air Canada Pilots: No Work Stoppage During Holiday Season
December 19, 201119 December 2011
TORONTO - Air Canada pilots say there’s no risk of any work stoppage over the Holiday Season, despite their ongoing issues with the airline.
Air Canada Pilots Call on Airline to Return to Negotiations
October 27, 201127 October 2011
TORONTO - Air Canada Pilots Association President Captain Paul Strachan today expressed his members’ disappointment that their airline has chosen to file a notice of dispute with the federal government and called on the airline to return to negotiations.
Air Canada Pilots Statement of Remembrance on September 11
September 11, 201111 September 2011
On a day when the world marks the tragedy that occurred ten years ago, Air Canada pilots pause to pay special remembrance to the pilots, flight attendants and countless innocent victims who perished in these senseless attacks.
Opinion: Pilots & Pensions
August 1, 20111 August 2011
By PAUL STRACHAN Much attention has been paid to the recent strike at Air Canada and the government’s almost instantaneous decision to legislate an end to the dispute.
Air Canada Pilots Vote to Reject Tentative Agreement
May 19, 201119 May 2011
TORONTO – Air Canada pilots have voted to reject a tentative agreement that had been negotiated with the airline.
CIRB Dismisses All Complaints Against Air Canada Pilots Association
May 5, 20115 May 2011
OTTAWA – The Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) has completely dismissed all complaints filed by 67 pilots opposed to retirement at age 60 who alleged that they had not been fairly represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA).
Air Canada Pilots Cancel Vote on Tentative Agreement
April 15, 201115 April 2011
TORONTO – The Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) today announced that it has cancelled the ratification vote on its tentative agreement with Air Canada. The vote had been scheduled to begin today.
Air Canada Pilots to Vote on Tentative Agreement
April 8, 20118 April 2011
TORONTO – Air Canada pilots will vote later this month on the tentative agreement that its negotiators reached with the airline.
Air Canada Pilots Reach Tentative Agreement
March 18, 201118 March 2011
The Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) today announced that its negotiating team has reached a tentative agreement with representatives of Air Canada.
Cape Town, South Africa
January 4, 20114 January 2011
The Associations of Star Alliance Pilots (“ASAP”) today concluded their semi-annual Executive Board meeting and Conference here in Cape Town.
Negotiated Age of Retirement Conforms to Charter, Federal Court to Hear
November 22, 201022 November 2010
OTTAWA - The Federal Court will hear today that successive Supreme Court of Canada decisions have confirmed that a negotiated age of retirement, is consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Air Canada Pilots Re-Elect President, Choose New Secretary-Treasurer
October 26, 201026 October 2010
TORONTO - Air Canada pilots have re-elected Captain Paul Strachan as President and elected Captain Jon Webster as the new Secretary-Treasurer of the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA).
Pilots Support Retirement at Age 60: Poll
August 10, 201010 August 2010
TORONTO - An overwhelming majority of Air Canada pilots support retirement at age 60, according to a poll conducted for their union. The survey of more than 1,800 pilots showed that 82 per cent supported retirement at age 60 or even younger.
Federal Court to Review Retirement Age Decision in November
July 29, 201029 July 2010
TORONTO--The Federal Court has scheduled hearings November 22 - 25 in Ottawa for its judicial review of a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) decision which called into question...
Air Canada Pilots Call for Air Security Overhaul
June 17, 201017 June 2010
TORONTO -The largest professional pilot group in Canada today called on the federal government to overhaul the country's aviation security system.

White Paper: Improving the Canadian Civil Aviation Security System
Air Canada Pilots Choose New Chair of Governing Council
January 27, 201027 January 2010
TORONTO -- The Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) today re-elected Captain Bruce White as Chair for its two-year term.
Air Canada Unions Choose Board Member
January 22, 201022 January 2010
TORONTO - The Council of Unions representing organized Air Canada employees today announced they have chosen the Honourable Roy Romanow to be their representative on the airline's Board of Directors.
Aviation Safety: An Open Letter from the Air Canada Pilots Association
December 1, 20091 December 2009
TORONTO - The following is the text of a letter from the President of the Air Canada Pilots Association to the National Chair of the Canadian Federal Pilots Association
Media Coverage - Pilot Fatigue - CFRB am
November 24, 200924 November 2009
Discussion with "Paul Strachan, President of Air Canada Pilots Association", about how serious a problem is pilot fatigue even napping in the cockpit in our country. **Member can listen to the full interview, by clicking the link on the home page**
Media Coverage – Bird strikes ACPA Interview – CBC TV The National
November 2, 20092 November 2009
The annual southward migration of Canada geese has raised concern about bird strikes on aircraft.
Bird strike safety plan never implemented Pilots call for action on recurring safety problem
November 2, 20092 November 2009
A Canadian Forces Airbus was badly damaged after striking a Canada goose while airborne near Winnipeg in 2003.
Air Canada Pilots Track Fatigue Incidents
October 8, 20098 October 2009
TORONTO -- The Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) has launched an initiative to track incidents of fatigue experienced by pilots flying the airline's mainline fleet.
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