Collective Bargaining

The Canadian Federal Pilots Association is the certified bargaining agent for all employees of Treasury Board and NAV CANADA in the Aircraft Operations Group as defined in the Canada Gazette on March 27, 1999. 

There are two (2) legislation that governs the Association's bargaining process:

  • Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act for the members hired by the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada; and,
  • Canada Labour Code for the members hired by NAV CANADA. 

The external process of bargaining is:

  1. Notice to Bargain submitted to the employer by the Association (or vice-versa).
  2. Preliminary Meeting(s) with the employer
  3. Negotiation Meetings (often referred as the 'bargaining table')
    1. Exchange proposals
    2. Negotiate
    3. Tentative Agreement/Deadlock (impasse)
  4. Ratification by the members

Internally, the process is:

  1. Poll members for issues/proposals
  2. Solicit Negotiating Team Volunteers
  3. CFPA Executive Board selects the Negotiating Team


When there is an impasse, there are three types of dispute resolution available.

  1. Mediation
    1. Single mediator
    2. Facilitates/mediate
    3. Voluntary Settlement
  2. Conciliation
    1. Commissionner/Board (3)
    2. Facilitates/mediates - may be more formal
    3. Recommended Settlement
  3. Arbitration
    1. Arbitrator/Board (3)
    2. Facilitates/mediates - may be more formal
    3. Binding Settlement


Public Sector collective bargaining

The collective bargaining process in the public sector is governed by The Collective Bargaining process is well documented in the Government of Canada website.

NAV CANADA collective bargaining