How to Become a Flight Attendant in Canada

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The broad expanse of Canada is traversed daily by national airlines such as Air Canada, Canadian North and First Air. These airlines handle flights from Toronto to Vancouver as well as international flights from Paris, London and Washington, D.C. Every traveler flying over Canada is made comfortable from departure to landing by flight attendants. These attendants hand out meals, calm passengers down and provide safety information in case of emergency landings. Aspiring flight attendants in Canada need to be healthy, courteous and willing to endure long flights to succeed.

Things You'll Need

  • Canadian passport
  • Transport Canada security pass
  • Read through Transport Canada's "Flight Attendant Manual" to understand the safety, health and performance requirements of flight staff. Transport Canada published this standardized manual in 1995 to train flight attendants in emergency equipment, first aid and other practices.

  • Schedule a physical exam with your doctor to determine if you are able to work as a flight attendant. Airlines require flight attendants and pilots to take physicals to determine if there are respiratory problems, communicable diseases and heart issues that may present health hazards in flight.

  • Acquire a Canadian passport from Passport Canada before you fill out flight attendant applications. Passport Canada issues passports within two to four weeks of receiving applications, fees and photos. You will need to submit separate documents to prove residence and citizenship in Canada.

  • Submit applications for multiple airlines in Canada to increase your chances at employment. Canada Air, First Air and other Canadian airlines hire frequently for flight attendants due to high turnover in the profession. Customize your cover letter and application materials to the requirements set by individual airlines to avoid ending up in the reject pile.

  • Pursue training from a flight school such as Inflight Institute to increase your skills as a flight attendant. Inflight Institute offers certifications in first aid as well as attendant skills on single and multi-attendant flights. Check with Canadian airlines to see if they require certification from a flight institute to smooth the path for your application.

  • Block off at least two months for preflight training if you are hired by a Canadian airline. For example, Air Canada offers paid training for seven weeks from its Toronto headquarters to get flight attendants ready for this rigorous profession.

  • Offer information on past criminal offenses, speeding tickets and other violations that may influence your security clearance with Transport Canada. This federal agency has to review criminal records and other materials for flight attendants to ensure flight safety. Applicants who are not truthful on their security clearance applications are denied employment.

Tips & Warnings

  • Appeal to a Canadian airline's desire for friendly and clean-cut attendants with a preemptive makeover. The flight attendant profession involves promoting an airline's brand name through great customer service. Your makeover can involve little more than a haircut and trimming fingernails to maintain a positive image. Increase your chances of becoming a flight attendant with fluency in Canada's major languages. Flight attendants who want to advance in their careers should learn English, French and a third language, such as Chinese, to help the country's major cultural groups.

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