Since 1941, a primary and fundamental partnership has existed between the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Air Cadet League of Canada. Section 46 of the National Defence Act authorized the formation cadet organizations, under the supervision of the Canadian Forces (CF). For DND, this includes such major responsibilities as: provision of cadet uniforms, manuals and training aids; training and pay for Officers in the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC); and facilities and staff for Cadet Summer Training Camps (CSTC) and approved courses. In carrying our these responsibilities, the CF must take into account the policies and objectives of the Air Cadet League at the national, provincial and local levels, and cooperate with them to the fullest extent possible.
The Royal Canadian Legion
The Royal Canadian Legion is Canada’s largest veterans’ association. It is comprised of more than 400,000 members in approximately 1,600 branches in Canada, the United States, Germany and The Netherlands. The Legion has assumed a major responsibility for perpetuating the tradition of Remembrance in Canada and organized the annual National Poppy and Remembrance Campaign. It also supports programmes for seniors, the Legion Long term care Survivor Programme, and a housing programme. As part of its Youth Programme, the Legion sponsors the “Outstanding Cadet of the Year Award” at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa, and is the official sponsor of about 120 air cadet squadrons across Canada.
The Air Force Association of Canada (AFAC)
The Air Force Association of Canada (AFAC) is a national not-for-profit aerospace and community service organization composed of aviation-minded citizens established to remind Canadians of their country’s rich aeronautical tradition and history, to support Canada’s Air Force and to support and encourage the civil aviation component within the country. One of its major objectives is to support Air Cadets and work closely with the Air Cadet League of Canada, and to participate in local civic and community programs, especially those designed to develop the physical, mental, and moral well-being of our nation’s youth. The Air Force Association through its Air Cadet 50th Anniversary Trust Fund, created in 1991, annually presents 25 Pilot Training Achievement Awards (PTAA), of $300 each.
An MOU with CAE , a world leader in providing simulation and modelling technologies and integrated training solutions for the civil aviation industry and defense forces around the globe, was signed by our National President, Michel Cataford, on January 30, 2008. As part of this undertaking, one of the resources provided for cadets is access to CAE’s Training Centres in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver [tours and simulator time, depending on availability].
The procedure to book such a tour in Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver is to make arrangements directly with:
Mike Bucking, Centre Manager, 905-672-8650,
You are encouraged to have your squadron take advantage of this exciting and exceptional opportunity, which our new industry partner, CAE, is providing for our cadets.