New students and immigrants to Canada often find themselves wondering what they need to bring along. This is especially true if you come from a warmer climate and are not used to being in a country with different seasons and a cold winter.
Clothing in Summer
If you come in Summer, usually from June to September, the temperature here averages 16C and can go up to 25C in the day and most Canadians are out and above in tee-shirts and shorts, so there is no need to prepare anything different. You may want to bring some sportswear and swimwear for any sports that you do. As pilots, our health is paramount to maintaining our Medical and we advise all our students to stay active.
Clothing in Winter
In the Winter, usually November to March, temperature drops below zero with the coldest in January going as low as -29C. It is recommended that students equipped themselves with woollen thermal underwear, sweaters, snow pants, wind-proof jackets, and snow boots.
Please understand that as a safety requirement, students who are deemed underdressed may not be signed out for flights. As much as we conduct all our training with high safety standards, part of flying is understanding that accidents can and do happen and it is very important that pilots are protected from hypothermia by being sufficiently warm should anything happen and they need to wait for help in the bush.
Canada uses Type A and B sockets. If you come from a country that uses a different type, our suggestion is to bring one adapter to plug into the wall here and a multi-plug power bus that’s sufficient for all your devices.
In this way, you do not have to get individual travel adaptors for every item.
You will need a laptop for studying, as we highly recommend the online ground school for all students. There will be videos you can watch and mock tests and exams you can take online to better prepare yourself for the actual exams.
You will also need a cell phone for your Canadian mobile line. Though not compulsory, a Canadian mobile line is highly recommended for your GPS when going around, contacting the authorities in case of emergencies, contacting and coordinating your training with the school, and checking weather on-the-go. Look under our ‘Staying Connected’ page for more details.
If you use aviation programmes like Foreflight and Safelog, it would be useful to have with you an iPad. Electronic flight planning is allowed at the later stages of your training and electronic logbooks are accepted by Transport Canada as substitute and alternates of a physical copy.
Other Miscellaneous Items
Toiletries, food, medicine and utensils are easily available at the supermarket here. We can bring you to the supermarket on your first day here and they are available at reasonable prices. Canada is a diverse country and you can also get a wide range of international food products so there is really nothing much to bring unless you really have something special from your hometown.
Items like bed linens and towels are also available easily so we recommend you to pack only absolute necessities if you have to travel long distances to get here.
Some things you might want to consider bringing include your documents such as educational and professional qualifications, if you intend to stay in Canada after training to live and work, medical documents and records, if you have pre-existing conditions that you may need to inform doctors about should you need any treatment.