HALIFAX, March 2, 2018 /CNW/ - Chorus Aviation Inc. ('Chorus') (TSX: CHR) is proud to announce that Jazz Aviation LP ('Jazz') has been named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for the seventh consecutive year in an annual national employer survey by Mediacorp Canada Inc.
"We are very proud to be ranked as one of the Best Diversity Employers in Canada for the seventh year in a row," said Colin Copp, President, Jazz. "For Jazz, diversity is not a program. It is core to the makeup of our people and business. Facilitating inclusion by acknowledging the unique and diverse perspectives of all individuals creates one incredible team of employees – something we celebrate."
Canada's Best Diversity Employers is an annual competition that recognizes employers across Canada that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs. These include successful diversity initiatives in a variety of areas, including programs for employees from five groups: women; members of visible minorities; persons with disabilities; aboriginal peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered/transsexual (LGBT) people.
In recognizing Jazz with this award, the editors of Mediacorp praised the airline for the following initiatives:
- The development of a corporate strategy to support mental health in the workplace, including participation in the Not Myself Today program in order to build greater awareness and understand of mental health.
- Jazz created a dedicated Aboriginal recruitment web page and works with a number of community partners to reach out to Aboriginal candidates. Additionally, members of the company's Aboriginal employee resource group offer mentoring to students from First Nations Technical Institute and Confederation College.
- The Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism and Diversity, a $3,000 scholarship awarded to a full-time student in their final year who self identifies as Aboriginal, a person with a disability, a visible minority or female for outstanding contributions to safety, leadership and professionalism.
Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Chorus was incorporated on September 27, 2010. Chorus' vision is to deliver regional aviation to the world. Chorus has been leasing its owned regional aircraft into Jazz's Air Canada Express operation since 2009, and has established Chorus Aviation Capital Corp. to become a leading, global provider of regional aircraft leases and support services. Chorus also owns Jazz Aviation and Voyageur Aviation – companies that have long histories of safe and solid operations that deliver excellent customer service in the areas of contract flying operations, engineering, fleet management, and maintenance, repair and overhaul. Chorus Class A Variable Voting and Class B Voting Shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol 'CHR'. For more information about Chorus and its subsidiaries, see www.chorusaviation.ca.
Jazz Aviation LP has a strong history in Canadian aviation with its roots going back to the 1930s. Jazz is owned by Chorus Aviation Inc. (TSX: CHR). Chorus's vision is to deliver regional aviation to the world.
As the largest regional carrier in Canada, Jazz has a proven track record of industry leadership and exceptional customer service, and has leveraged that strength to deliver value to all its stakeholders. Jazz operates more flights and flies to more Canadian destinations than any other airline, and has a workforce of approximately 4,500 professionals, highly experienced in the challenging and complex nature of regional operations.
There are three divisions operated by Jazz Aviation LP: Air Canada Express, Jazz Technical Services and Jazz.
Air Canada Express: Under a capacity purchase agreement with Air Canada, using the Air Canada Express brand, Jazz provides service to and from lower-density markets as well as higher-density markets at off-peak times throughout North America, with a fleet of 116 Canadian-made Bombardier aircraft.
Jazz Technical Services: Established in May 2016 as a separate division, Jazz Technical Services ('JTS') is dedicated to heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of Bombardier aircraft. JTS provides MRO services to third parties while maintaining the dedication and commitment to its primary customer, Air Canada.
Jazz: Under the Jazz brand, the airline offers charters throughout North America for corporate clients, governments, special interest groups and individuals seeking more convenience. Jazz also has the ability to offer airline operators services such as ground handling, dispatching, flight load planning, training and consulting.
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SOURCE Chorus Aviation Inc.