If you want to have a career as a pilot, you will need to obtain a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). A CPL allows you to be compensated for flying. Once obtaining a CPL, pilots may enter the industry in a role such as a charter pilot, obtain an Instructor Rating and teach flight instruction, or obtain other ratings allowing them to fly larger aircraft.

Associated times and costs are based on Transport Canada minimum times (CAR 421.220) and are subject to to applicable taxes. The actual costs of obtaining the permit will vary with individual student progress. It is recommended that students complete training in as short a time frame as possible to increase retention between lessons. Costs are paid on a per-flight basis and are charged based on flight time. The written exam, flight test, medical, and associated processing fees are extra.

breakdown and costs


  • Be a Canadian Citizen, Landed Immigrant, or International Student
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Hold a Private Pilot Licence
  • Hold a Category 1 Medical


  • Minimum of 65 hours commercial flight training time including dual and solo
  • Minimum experience of 200 flight hours (dual and solo) to take the Commercial Flight Test
  • Pass the Transport Canada Written Exam and Flight Test for the CPL
  • Minimum of 80 hours ground school


Ground School Tuition$335
Aircraft Rental (30 hrs solo)$4,470
Aircraft Rental (35 hrs dual)$7,490
Pre/Post-Flight Briefings (15 hrs)$975
Approximate Total Cost$13,270