I could be wrong but my understanding is that those who have been able to hold commercial licenses in Canada with diabetes to this point were already licensed before being diagnosed, and the idea of having someone diagnosed before licensing is new? I saw this on Facebook today about a Jazz first officer who is a type 1 diabetic operating his first flight, purported to be the first in Canada?
It is an interesting twist of semantics, but I would be surprised if Transport Canada makes that distinction. Perhaps that was the case for the Gentleman you cited, but even that is a little curious.
You see, to be a Jazz First Officer, he would have had to have held at least a Commercial Pilot Licence. And holding that requires certain flying experience, including flight tests. So it is unlikely his "first flight" was flying with Jazz.
To give you can example of time lines, the person I was citing actually was the first Airline Transport Pilot with Type 1 diabetes. But his history started when he was an Air Canada DC-9 First Officer and the diabetes was detected during a recurrent medical in the 1980s. At that point, he no longer held a licence. Period. With no other options, he became a simulator instructor for Cathay Pacific Airways and held that position for at least 10 years ... with no licence. (Sim instructors do not have to be licenced).
With research, patience and the assistance of Transport Canada, he was able to achieve the licence with the restrictions I mentioned above. But that really is the question and it's a bit like the chicken and the egg. Namely, in order to "prove" he was safe, he had to be flying, and to fly, he had to have a valid licence. So at some point, Transport Canada gave him back his licence when he held none before and this was done before
he started flying again. And ... this was done at least 15 years ago!
So while this Jazz First Officer may have been the "first" to start from scratch, I doubt very much that holding a previous licence in the case of the DC-9 First Officer gave him any added benefits or assistance .... as in both cases, it would be granting a licence to one not already holding one.
I would suggest you contact the Air Canada Pilots Association. (acpa.ca) They were there as all this was occurring. They might be able to point you in the direction of an Aeromedical Physician that is familiar with the process. Also, you will see two names in the Facebook page you quoted ... Steve Steele and Ed MacDonald. Hint hint ... through ACPA see if you can contact them, it will be a help.
Best of luck!
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