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The ANS is divided into seven Flight Information Regions (FIRs) that handle all the air traffic that flies in Canadian airspace. Each region has a Technical Operations team that keeps the operational infrastructure up and running, and each FIR has unique geographical and operational characteristics.
 
This map shows the boundaries of each FIR. ATM Technologists typically work out of an Area Control Centre, while CNS technologists work out of Maintenance Centres.

Below you will find information on the make-up of regional units and aspects of the work they do, including typical travel required (excluding training). Click on a region to jump to pertinent information.
 

Vancouver FIR


The landscape of the Vancouver FIR, albeit beautiful, provides unique logistical challenges for Technologists travelling to remote sites.  Vancouver is one of the busiest airspaces in Canada.

A fully qualified CNS Technologist can expect to be on the road between 30 to 50 nights per year depending on the Maintenance Centre. CNS technologists will be required to travel to remote sites via 4X4, flights (commercial and charters), helicopter and boat. ATM Technologists will have much less travel, but will be required to work shifts. A fully trained ATM technologist can expect to travel up to 10 nights per year. 

Sites:
1 ACC (Vancouver)
5 Maintenance Centres (Terrace, Campbell River, Victoria, Kamloops and Kelowna)    
Approximate Number of Technologists: 70
 

Edmonton FIR


The Edmonton FIR includes the airspace above the territories of the Yukon, Northwest Territories, most of Nunavut; and the provinces of Alberta, portions of British Columbia and Saskatchewan. This makes it the biggest FIR of its kind in the world. Edmonton interfaces with most other regions in Canada due to the large expanse of airspace controlled from the Area Control Centre.

CNS Technologists are required to travel to remote sites an average one week a month, Monday to Friday. Due to size and geographical area that Edmonton FIR covers, technologists use a mix of NAV CANADA vehicles, commercial flights, charters and snowmobiles. Some CNS technologist may choose to spend six months in Resolute Bay on a temporary assignment. At any given time there are two technologists stationed in Resolute Bay.
 
Sites:
1 ACC (Edmonton)
5 Maintenance Centres (Edmonton, Calgary, Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Resolute Bay)    
Approximate Number of Technologists: 70


Winnipeg FIR


Being in the geographic centre of Canada and extending above the Arctic Circle, the Winnipeg FIR spreads across three time zones and a wide range of Canadian Geography. Technologists here can experience the beautiful vistas of the Prairies, the rugged wild of the Canadian Shield, and the pristine North.

The travel requirements vary greatly between Maintenance Centres with some CNS Technologists spending less than 20 days on the road per year and others as many as 100 days should they want to travel more. At Maintenance Centres with less travel, technologists typically drive to destination, while at the sites with more frequent travel, technologists take commercial airlines and private charters.

Sites:
1 ACC (Winnipeg)
5 Maintenance Centres (Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay)  
Approximate Number of Technologists: 60
 

Toronto FIR

Toronto FIR has the busiest airport in the country (Toronto Pearson) among others. Toronto FIR offers opportunities to work in cities in both Southern and Northern Ontario.

At the Toronto ACC, shift work is required, including weekends. CNS Technologists at remote Maintenance Centres could spend upwards of three days per month on the road with travel modes including use of NAV CANADA vehicles or charter and commercial flights. Scheduled preventative maintenance trips are usually planned for no more than four nights. Our southern Ontario maintenance centres tend to have less overnight travel due to the proximity of navigational aids and other equipment sites.

Sites:
1 ACC (Toronto)
6 Maintenance Centres (Toronto, Hamilton, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay, London)  
Approximate Number of Technologists: 80
 

Montreal FIR


Technologists in Montreal work in a bilingual environment and are dispersed between two provinces and one territory; the team is spread across the province of Quebec, Baffin Island, parts of Southeast Ontario and the Canadian Artic. CNS Technologists in the FIR are typically on the road one week per month – travelling by car or air – while ATM Technologists only travel a few weeks per year for training. Technologists at the Montreal Tower and ACC work shifts and are available 16 hours per day, seven days a week.

Sites:
1 ACC (Montreal)
5 Maintenance Centres (Ottawa, Montréal, Val-d’Or, Québec City, Iqaluit)  
Approximate Number of Technologists: 95
 

Moncton FIR


Moncton FIR is a small FIR compared to others in the country, with the furthest site supported being a five hour drive. As a result, employees here are a tight-knit group. CNS technologists can expect to spend about one week a month on the road, on average – with some planned trips and some short-notice trips. ATM Technologists spend significantly less time, with 2-3 nights a year for maintenance.

Moncton FIR is an ideal place to work – with reasonable travel to sites, a variety of equipment which keeps the job dynamic, and a great group of people who have a vested interest in your career.

Sites:
1 ACC (Moncton)
2 Maintenance Centres (Moncton, Halifax)  
Approximate Number of Technologists: 45 
 

Gander FIR


Being the most easterly FIR in the country means that this team not only maintains the navigational systems used within the FIR’s domestic airspace, but it also plays an integral role in maintaining the systems that allow air traffic controllers to direct aircraft travelling over the North Atlantic between North America and Europe.

In terms of CNS travel, it is typically limited to 5-10 overnight trips per year, each lasting a couple of days.
 
Sites:
1 ACC (Gander)
4 Maintenance Centres (Happy Valley/Goose Bay, Deer Lake, Gander, St John’s)  
Approximate Number of Technologists: 45

 

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