Norcanair traced its ancestry to M&C Aviation, founded in 1930 by aviators Angus Campbell and Richmond Mayson. They soon moved their firm to Prince Albert, where it flew chartered flights into northern Saskatchewan. During the Second World War, M&C ran a large aircraft overhaul facility in Prince Albert.
Sold to the province's government in 1947, M&C was renamed Saskatchewan Government Airways. It was "privatized" in 1965.