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Flight Service Specialist and Air Traffic Controller

NAV Canada
Ottawa (City), Ontario (CA)
$52,104 - $54,532
Closing date
Apr 23, 2024

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Air Traffic Services Careers: Flight Service Specialist and Air Traffic Controller


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Full time
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Job Posting Title

Air Traffic Services Careers: Flight Service Specialist and Air Traffic Controller


Job Category

Employee in Training/Student, FIR Service Delivery


Language Requirements

English / Anglais




Flexible Work Agreement Type


Posting End Date



Job Grade



Pay Range

$52,104 - $54,532


Job Summary

At NAV CANADA, we are experts in navigating Canada’s skies. Helping pilots safely cross 18 million square kilometres of Canadian and North Atlantic airspace is what we do. Enroute or at airports, in clearances or on charts, through radio communications or expertise — we’re always there.

Want to find your calling?

We’re making NAV CANADA a place where everyone truly belongs, where everyone thrives and where everyone is heard. To do that, we want to work with as many different types of people as possible.

If you’d love to shape the future of air navigation, we’re currently looking for motivated individuals to take on the responsibility of managing Canada’s airspace as Air Traffic Services professionals. You do not require any prior specialized training or experience – all training is provided by NAV CANADA. Best of all, our students are paid to train. Following successful completion of the training program, salary will increase to that of an Air Traffic Controller or Flight Service Specialist.


Job Description


Training and Salary


Area Controller qualified salary $127,594 to $184,438

Training includes three phases: initial training, specialty training and on the job training. Both initial and specialty training include classroom and simulator portions.

  • Training Salary: $52,104-$54,532

  • Average total duration for training: 20 to 27 months


Tower Controller $92,692 to $184,438

Training includes two phases: initial training (classroom and simulator) and on the job training.

  • Training salary: $52,104-$54,532

  • Average total duration of training: 12 to 27 months


Flight Service Specialist – Airport Advisory Services (AAS) Certified salary $68,464 to $104,811

Training includes two phases: initial training (classroom and simulator) and on the job training.

  • Training Salary: $42,504

  • Average total duration of training: 8 to 11 months


Flight Service Specialist – Flight Information Centre (FIC) Certified salary $81,419 to $101,027

Training includes two phases: Initial training (classroom, simulator, and pilot briefing course) and on the job training.

  • Training Salary: $42,504

  • Average total duration of training: 9 to 11 months


Flight Service Specialist – International Flight Service Station (IFSS) Certified salary $77,096 to $96,705

Training includes two phases: initial training (classroom and simulator) and on the job training.

  • Training Salary: $42,504

  • Average total duration of training: 8 to 11 months


For candidates posted to most remote locations (communicated after initial training), relocation incentive on top of annual salary is as follows:

First year -$3,000.00

Second year - $5,000.00

Third year - $7,000.00


Think you have what it takes? 


To make sure we’re hiring the best possible people, our recruitment and training processes are rigorous and highly competitive. Here are some of the qualities we look for in our Air Traffic Services students:

  • Excellent judgement

  • Clear verbal communication and keen listening skills

  • High motivation

  • Good memory

  • Excellent problem-solving and decision-making abilities


Other application requirements:


To apply for a career as an Air Traffic Services Professional, you must meet the following basic requirements prior to applying:

  • Be 18 years or older,

  • Have a high school diploma, or equivalency,

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

  • Prepared to undergo a medical, security check, and drug testing (including cannabis),

  • Available for training after successful completion of the recruitment and selection process,

  • Able to meet our language requirements:

    • Gander Flight Information Region: English

    • Moncton Flight Information Region: English

    • Montreal Flight Information Region: Bilingual (French and English)

    • Toronto Flight Information Region: English

    • Winnipeg Flight Information Region: English

    • Edmonton Flight Information region: English

    • Vancouver Flight Information Region: English


NAV CANADA has over 100 sites across Canada.  All applicants must be willing to relocate.


Our Air Traffic Services Professionals are responsible for coordinating the safe, efficient and orderly flow of air traffic in seven flight information regions, working in NAV CANADA sites across the country.   

  • Tower Controllers, also known as visual flight rules (VFR) controllers, have a direct view of the airport and aircraft, and use radio communication to issue instructions and clearances. After completing training, tower controllers work at one of 42 airports across Canada.

  • Area Controllers, often referred to as instrument flight rules (IFR) controllers, are based out of Area Control Centres (ACCs), each of which is responsible for air traffic in a large section of Canadian airspace. Area Controllers train and work out of ACCs in Vancouver (Surrey), Edmonton (Leduc), Winnipeg, Toronto (Mississauga), Montreal (Dorval), Moncton (Riverview), or Gander.

  • Flight Service Specialists (AAS) provide a wide range of essential information, from helping pilots select a runway to controlling the movement of vehicles on runways and taxiways. Our Flight Service Specialists work in Flight Service Stations located in 54 communities all across the country.

  • Flight Service Specialists (FIC) work in teams that provide flight-planning services and deliver in-depth interpretive weather information and en-route flight information to aircraft operating in Canadian airspace. FIC Flight Service Specialists work out of FICs in Kamloops, Whitehorse, Edmonton (Leduc), London, or Quebec City.



NAV CANADA is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. If you do not believe that you match every job requirement listed on this job posting, we still encourage you to apply. NAV CANADA encourages a culture of learning and growth, and recognizes that although some technical skills are mandatory, many others can be taught.


Our Company strives to create an inclusive and barrier-free selection process and work environment. If you require accommodations during this competition process, please ensure that you inform the interview coordinator or hiring manager of any accommodation measures you may require. NAV CANADA will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection process to applicants with disabilities as required.


The successful candidate must meet the security requirement of the position and be legally able to work in Canada.


At NAV CANADA, safety is our priority. We require pre-employment drug screening for all candidates offered positions designated as safety sensitive in accordance with NAV CANADA’s Drug and Alcohol policy.


We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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