The Royal Canadian Air Cadet program is a unique partnership between the Department of National Defence (DND), a division of the Canadian Forces, and the Air Cadet League of Canada. This partnership can be found at all levels of the program: at the national level, the provincial level and, most importantly, at the community / squadron level.
At the community level, 540 Squadron is sponsored by the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC); a non-profit society group of parent and community volunteers that support the Commanding Officer and squadron staff in running the squadron operations. The SSC handles the finances for the squadron and facilitates the operation of squadron activities, and programs that are not funded by DND, such as venue rentals, transportation, and various squadron teams. Additionally, the SSC provides the squadron with parent volunteers when extra hands are required, and helps organize events such as the Annual Ceremonial Review at the end of each training year. The SSC also assists with communication in the squadron by sponsoring this website.