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Air Canada staff members attended an employee cooking event in 2019  

Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Air Canada was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2021):

  • Through the impressive Air Canada Foundation, the company supports a number of charities and initiatives that focus on the health and wellness of children -- in 2019, the foundation committed more than $2.2-million to charitable organizations and donated over 1,458 airline tickets
  • Air Canada helps employees prioritize their health and wellness through its Upgrade to a Better You platform, which includes an extensive health risk assessment and various resources to support positive mental health
  • Air Canada invests in a variety of training initiatives that reflect its diverse operations, from French and English-language training for airport employees, to sophisticated flight training and simulators for airplane personnel -- the company also offers a number of paid internships and co-op placements to attract the next generation of talent
Employees at Air Canada volunteered their time at a 'Rally for Kids' fundraising event in 2019, in support of the Pinball Clemens Foundation   (Photo credit: Lily Carlson)

Highlights

Industry Air transportation
Established in Canada 1937
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 31,215
Part-time employees in Canada 2,667
Average age of employees in Canada 44 years
Longest serving employee 55 years
Benefits note Air Canada has multiple employee groups, the following programs and policies may vary by position
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension, non-matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible work options flexible work hours, compressed work week, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

COVID-19

Pandemic response introduced cargo-only flights and reconfigured cabins to yield increased cargo capacity on wide-body aircrafts, moved more than 250 tons of personal protective equipment across Canada by March 22, 2020, collaborated with the Canadian government to repatriate approximately 6,600 Canadians, Air Canada and the Air Canada Foundation worked with Second Harvest’s Food Rescue to redistribute more than 14,000 kg of fresh food and prepared food items from Air Canada’s in-flight kitchens in seven cities to Canadians in need

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Air Canada was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

  • In order to help facilitate the hiring and integration of people with disabilities who require accommodation, Air Canada created an Accommodation Office to assign new employees a central point of contact who can assist with any necessary adjustments during the hiring and onboarding process
  • Air Canada launched the Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship in 2019 (named after a retired Air Canada pilot) with a commitment to award $20,000 per year for three years, targeting young women in pursuit of non-traditional aviation careers as commercial pilots or aircraft maintenance engineers
Air Canada employees attended an Indigenous youth empowerment gathering in partnership with Indspire in January 2020  
"When most people think about the aviation industry, they think pilots and flight attendants and not necessarily on the various other roles required to fly high in the sky. A Day in Aviation allows young women focused in S.T.E.M the opportunity to learn hands on from female Air Canada engineers, senior executives, dispatchers, analysts and more, the endless opportunities to aspire to. At the beginning of the day, 5% of the young ladies admitted they considered a career in aviation and at the end of the day not only did 90% say they would now consider a career in aviation, 100% admitted they now understand the aviation industry more." Tonya Yearwood, Senior IT Project Manager, Founder and Chair, Electra Elles YYZ

Highlights

Industry Air transportation
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 31,215
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources & Communications Officer
Formal commitment diversity committees in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver
Recruitment initiatives dedicated role responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships to facilitate the recruitment of Indigenous individuals, partnered with Amik to implement an Indigenous flight attendant recruitment strategy, dedicated team member monitors a diverse candidate pipeline by reviewing those who self-identify and referring qualified candidates to the talent acquisition team, annual Young Women in Aviation Day organized by Women of Air Canada Maintenance (for participants 15 years of age and up, showcases career opportunities and women in maintenance positions, pilots, baggage handlers or cargo agents)
Retention and development programs ensures equal or higher representation of women in the company's Emerging Leaders program, which prepares high-potential employees for future leadership roles
Employee resource groups Women of Air Canada Maintenance (often hosts guest speakers at meetings)
Training and awareness diversity and inclusion-themed conferences open to all employees, Upgrade to a Better You has a managers' corner with training to help managers with mental health awareness
Diversity highlights working on creating a supplier diversity program, dedicated diversity and inclusion page on career website with related information, celebrated International Women's Day with all-female flights for the fourth straight year, Air Canada Indigenous Students Award (awarded annually to students enrolled in post-secondary aviation and aerospace engineering programs)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Indspire, Catalyst, Women in Aviation, Canadian Council for Diversity and Inclusion, SenseAbility, Amik, piloted an internship at Air Canada Cargo in Winnipeg with Project SEARCH (transition program for high school students with a developmental disability), participates in Dolphin Digital Technology mentoring day for persons with a disability, partnered with EmploymentWorks (provides young adults with autism work experience) for a work immersion experience at the Montréal head office

The Career Directory

Air Canada has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
An Air Canada agent assists a Super Elite customer

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Air transportation
Full-time employees in Canada 25,001 to 50,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Airports, Engineering, Operations, Finance, IT, Marketing, Product Development, Customer Service, In-Flight Service, Human Resources, Legal, Maintenance and Cargo positions
Starting salary $60K to $65K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Additional vacation information some employees may receive up to 3 weeks of vacation

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