What type of pilot licenses and ratings can I get in Canada?

In Canada, there are 4 types of Pilot’s Licenses that you can hold.

Recreational Pilot Permit Fly with your friends and family for fun and transportation. Valid in Canada Only.
Private Pilot’s License Fly with your friends and family for fun and transportation. Valid all over the world.
Commercial Pilot’s License Fly for a Living. Valid all over the world and includes the ‘Big’ Jets (but not as Captain).
Airline Transport Pilot’s License Fly for a Living. Valid all over the world and includes the ‘Big’ Jets (even as Captain).
Ratings are features that you can add on to your license. These features require additional training, and sometimes another written or flight test. Here is a list of some of the types of ratings that can be added to Canadian Pilot’s Licenses:

Multi-Engine Rating Allows you to fly an airplane with more than one engine.
Single Engine Instrument Rating Allows you to fly a single engine aircraft in Clouds and other ‘poor’ weather.
Multi Engine Instrument Rating Allows you to fly a multi engine aircraft in Clouds and other ‘poor’ weather.
Float Rating Allows you to take-off and land an airplane that is equipped with floats (on water).
Instructor Rating Allows you to teach other people how to fly.
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