Joining Instructions

Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

The training year 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 an 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.

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 accept transfers from other squadrons or corps. Please let the previous unit know that you are transferring to 540 Sqn.

We still require you to complete all of the registration paperwork. When completing the application, please highlight the previous service at the top of the form.

The Cadet Program is an all inclusive and accommodating program.

We encourage you to speak to our recruiting staff in person on a Tuesday training night or email us with any questions.

Visit us

Before filling in a joining package, we encourage you to visit Blakelock High School on a Tuesday training night to get a sense of what the program is all about.

Please check our calendar for schedules.

  • General information
    [email protected]

  • Parade nights
    Tuesdays 1830 – 2130 hrs

  • Parade location
    T. A. Blakelock High School
    1160 Rebecca St, Oakville, ON

Application package

Applications must be filled out electronically prior to printing. Handwritten applications will not be accepted!

  1. Application for Membership (see below)
  2. Cadet Code of Conduct
  3. Requested documents (see below)
  4. Registration fee + lottery book deposit ($160)
  5. Medical forms (see below)

Application instructions

1 – Application for Membership

  • Section 3 – Personal information
    Provide the full legal name as displayed on the Canadian ID. If the recruit has a nickname (e.g. English name), provide it within brackets after the given name.
  • Section 4 – Health insurance plan
    For Ontario Health Cards, please ensure you fill out the full number, consisting of ten digits and a two letter version code. 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 6 – Parents information
    Please remember to check the boxes at the bottom of each parent section regarding access rights to your cadet.
  • Section 7 – Health information
    Religious requirements or dietary choices (e.g. halal, kosher, no pork, vegetarian, etc.) must not be reported as a food allergy. If your cadet has food allergies, please remember to check the consent box in Section 9.
  • Section 8 – Applicant agreement
    The new recruit must sign this section.

3 – Requested documents

  • Provide a photocopy of one of the following:
    • Canadian passport; OR
    • Canadian birth certificate; OR
    • Proof of legal residency (e.g. work/study permit)
  • If health insurance is not provided by OHIP (Ontario health card), provide a copy of health insurance.
  • Relevant pages of court orders as applicable to parental custody or other limitations.

4 – Registration fee

The annual registration fee of $160 is comprised of two parts:

  1. $100 registration fee ($75 for additional siblings)
  2. $60 deposit for a book of lottery tickets (annual cadet fundraiser)

Payment can be made via cash, credit card, or cheque (made out to “540 Golden Hawks”). If providing a cheque, please note the full name of the cadet on the cheque. Payments are collected by the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC). Any questions regarding collection or handling of payment should be addressed to the SSC.

Credit card payments are processed online via PayPal and are charged a 2.5% PayPal fee. Payment can be made online from home via this form.

5 – Medical forms

Detailed Health Questionnaire (DHQ)

A DHQ is required if any of the Section 7 ‘Health information’ questions have been answered with ‘yes’ (e.g. allergy or use of medication).

Please fill in your cadet’s legal name, gender, and date of birth (yyyy-mm-dd format) at the top of the form.

Once the form is complete, put it in a sealed envelope and hand in with the application package. Staff members at 540 Sqn will not have access to the contents of the form.

We encourage parents to inform the recruiting staff of any health or medical issues that may be relevant for the success of their cadet.

Anaphylactic allergies

If the cadet has an anaphylactic allergy, the following forms are required to be completed. Once completed, please make a photocopy of the forms and bring in both sets:

Note: The Anaphylactic emergency plan requires the following:

  • Physician’s signature
  • A photo of your cadet (inserted into the PDF)
  • Epi-pen dosage
  • Epi-pen expiry date

Processing & Follow Up

Please note – New recruits require a complete application to be handed in in order to participate in training activities.

Once you have handed in your application to the administration staff, please check the cadet dashboard to monitor for any administrative issues regarding the status of the application. Processing the application can take up to several weeks at the start of the year when we do a mass intake of new recruits.