Who can join Air Cadets?

To be eligible for membership as a Cadet the recruit must

  1. Be a legal resident of Canada:
    NOTE: A legal resident of Canada is a Canadian citizen, a landed immigrant, or, the dependent of a person who is lawfully resident in Canada on a temporary basis for the purpose of education or employment.
  2. Provide proof of provincial health insurance coverage or equivalent;
  3. Be at least 12 years of age;
  4. Not have attained 19 years of age;
  5. Normally be in good physical condition;
  6. Not belong to another corps or squadron; and
  7. Be acceptable to the Commanding Officer (CO) of the cadet corps or squadron.

How much does it cost?

540 Sqn is funded at the national level by the Department of National Defence in partnership with the civilian Air Cadet League of Canada. The civilian sponsor requires local community support to meet its obligations that include accommodations, training aids and equipment and program enhancements not otherwise provided. Parents and cadets are expected to participate in and contribute to fund raising as required by the Squadron Sponsoring Committee.

The Squadron Sponsoring Committee requests a $100 annual registration fee per cadet ($75 for any additional siblings). This is not a mandatory fee. Cadets that are unable to pay this fee are not excluded and are invited to discuss their situation with the SSC Chair or Commanding Officer.

How and when to join?

The training year runs follows the school year and runs from September to June. As such, we encourage new recruits to join at the beginning of September. Each year we hold a BBQ in early September to welcome back existing cadets and run and open house for prospective new recruits. If unable to attend the BBQ, new recruits and parents are welcome to attend Blakelock High School on any Tuesday training night at 1830 hrs to speak to our recruiting staff.

There is no commitment to join required to attend the BBQ or any Tuesday training night, but if you believe that your recruit wants to join we would ask that you come prepared with a complete registration package (listed below) to expedite the process.

Registration package

In order to enroll with 540 Sqn we require all four following items:

  1. Application for membership; with attention to the following sections:
    • Section 3 – Provide the full legal name as displayed on a Passport. If the recruit has a nickname (e.g. English name), provide it within brackets after the given name
    • Section 4 – If the recruit does not have an Ontario health card please provide a photocopy of proof of health insurance (e.g. private, out of province, etc.)
    • Section 7 – Religious requirements or dietary choices (e.g. halal, kosher, no pork, vegetarian, etc.) should not be reported as a food allergy within the ‘Health information’ section
  2. Cadet Code of Conduct
  3. Photocopy of one of the following:
    • Canadian passport; OR
    • Canadian birth certificate; OR
    • proof of legal residency
  4. Cheque (preferred) or cash for $100
    • If providing a cheque, please note the full name of the recruit on the cheque and address it to “540 Golden Hawks”
    • If paying for multiple siblings, additional cadets are $75 each

Other questions

If you have questions that can’t wait, email [email protected]ca.

What is the time commitment?

The core cadet program is made up of mandatory training on Tuesdays, participating in our fundraising activities, citizenship parades (e.g. Remembrance Day), as well as Field Training Exercises (FTXs). Attendance to mandatory training activities is essential, however an occasional absence is excusable. We do find that the cadets who participate in our optional training activities are the ones that get the most out of the program. We have some cadets that are involved 3 days a week plus occasional weekend activities. Please see our website calendar for more details.

Do the adult staff work full time at 540 Sqn?

All of our adult staff either have full time day jobs or are post-secondary students. They dedicate and volunteer their evenings, weekends, and sometimes vacation days to the development of the youth of 540 Sqn.

We don’t live in Oakville, can my son/daughter still join?

We do not have any geographic restrictions/boundaries and do have cadets attend 540 Sqn from Burlington and Mississauga. However, the distance does put stress on parents/drivers who have to make the longer commute to drop off / pick up their cadet each Tuesday evening.

Something else to keep in mind is if your cadet decides to become more involved with extra-curriculars (e.g. band, range, drill team, etc.) the driving commitment on your part may also increase as they will need to be in Oakville multiple evenings a week.

We recently moved and my son/daughter is already an existing cadet at a different unit

We accept transfers from other squadrons or corps. Please let your existing squadron know that you are transferring to 540 Sqn.

We still require you to complete all of the registration paperwork. Please ensure that Section 2 at the top of the application form is completed with details on the previous unit.

My son/daughter has a medical, physical, or mental condition, can they still join?

The Cadet Program is accommodating to many medical, physical, or mental conditions. We encourage you to come by and speak to our recruiting staff in person or email us.