Air Canada Pilots Association

Air Canada Pilots Association

August 17, 2007 13:36 ET

Human Rights Tribunal Upholds Retirement Age at 60 for Air Canada Pilots

Air Canada Pilots Association pleased with decision

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2007) - The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) has recognized the right for Air Canada pilots to negotiate a fixed age of retirement for its members in a decision released today.

"The vast majority of our members support, and benefit from, this provision in our collective agreement," says ACPA President Capt. Andy Wilson. "We are pleased that the Tribunal has recognized the right of Air Canada pilots to freely negotiate a fixed retirement age."

In its decision, CHRT stated that 60 is the normal age of retirement at, "...pilots who fly with regularly scheduled, international flights with a major international airlines." The decision also stated that retirement at age 60 is neither discriminatory nor contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The tribunal's decision was in response to a complaint filed by two former Air Canada pilots who claimed that retirement at 60 was discriminatory. At the hearings in early 2007, the association and Air Canada argued in favor of maintaining the current retirement age, which is strongly favoured by the majority of pilots. Air Canada pilots voted by a 3:1 margin in April 2006 to uphold the retirement age at 60.

ACPA is the largest professional pilot group in Canada, representing the 3,200 pilots who operate Air Canada's mainline fleet.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Carl Mavromichalis
    ACPA Communications
    (416) 578-2272 / (905) 678-9008 x222
    Capt. Serge Beaulieu
    ACPA French-language Spokesperson
    (514) 236-2243