Lol. What a trolling fake post! Who actually goes onto a forum looking for suggestions, however, immediately talks about low pay and other topics immediately provocative to Canadian pilots, especially given local topics on this board. Sheesh. So, who's alter ego is this?
Well, I assure you it's not a fake post. I was a little concerned that it might come across as 'provocative' as you put it, however that was not my intent. In my initial search for answers, I noted several threads on this board related to Canadian pilots wanting to work in the US, and I was really just trying to acknowledge that.
While the regionals in Canada don't pay a lot as FO have you considered applying to Encore as a DEC? What is your experience? Are you an FO or Captain? What type?
Jazz has extremely quick upgrades right now, and if you decided to jump over to a Canadian carrier like Jazz you would be making around $90k within 2 years. Canada typically follows US trends by a few years, and in regards to the pilots shortage I believe it is just starting to ramp up in Canada. A regional (Porter) just started a retention bonus scheme which is the first in Canada. I believe it is a sign of things to come, along with the fact many other regionals are having trouble keeping planes in the air.
Another idea would be Horizon or another regional out of SEA. Air Canada Express and Horizon operate that flight very regularly so I don't forsee commuting being much trouble. And Horizon would be your in at Alaska from what I understand.
What is a DEC at Encore? I know the company, but not sure what you are referring to. I'm an FO in the Q400 at Horizon. I'm pretty much at the point where I can upgrade here, though I'll probably wait until after I move. We have folks upgrading from the Q400 into the left seat of the E-175 as well, either airframe is upgrading at the regulatory minimums, which is 1000 SIC here. We have canceled hundreds, maybe thousands of flights so far this year due to lack of pilots, so they've sweetened the pot considerably since I started here.
As far as taxes, my understanding is that you are not double taxed. I will pay the normal US taxes here, and when I file in Canada, they subtract whatever I already paid in the US and I pay the difference.
For the fees on the jumpseat out of YVR, I think it's about $41 USD going south on our own metal, however nothing going north. Since its an international flight, unless it's a Horizon flight, I don't believe I can actually sit in the jump, limited to space in the back. Since a couple of flights a day out of YVR are actually Alaska mainline, I don't think I can take the jumpseat on those out of YVR. Bellingham may be a better option, but then there's parking and fuel, but at least I could stop at the grocery store.
So let me get this straight:
You moved from the country with a massive pilot shortage and much better compensation to move to the home of traffic congestion, money laundering, real estate shadow flipping, taxes, and where English is the second most pronounced language.
Can you move back?
I've lived in both countries, up and down the west coast. We've obviously got plenty of our own issues. As for traffic... have you been through Seattle or Portland lately? They're every bit as bad as Vancouver. We want to be closer to family (wife's family is in Vancouver), and Canada has always felt like home to me since I spent most of my formative years there. I'm happy to finally be moving back.
Thanks for all the responses. I'm apologize if I came off in a condescending way or anything of the sort, that was certainly not my intent. Was just looking for some additional information on doing this cross-border commute.