Aerospace: A cornerstone of our economy Ontario: The right place to soar

Ontario is set up for aerospace excellence with government-funded R&D, highly skilled talent, and a history of manufacturing expertise. Ontario is home to over 200 aerospace companies that directly and indirectly employ over 50,000 people.

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Aerospace Industry

Ontario’s aerospace sector consists of production and sales of aerospace equipment, maintenance, repair, overhauling, aerospace support, and auxiliary equipment. The global civilian aerospace market is projected to reach US$430.9B in 2025 at a rate of 7.7%, forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 5.9% to US$573.6B in 2030.

The future of the global aerospace industry will see rapid technological advances in sustainability that encourage investments in biofuels, electric flight technology, and energy-efficient integrations. Increasing government authorization of the commercial use of drones and satellite miniaturisation will see pico and nanosatellites launched at scale, with smart factories ensuring efficient production.

Canadian Aerospace
& Defence Industry 

Canada has one of the world’s largest and most developed aerospace industries, contributing over $24B to the Canadian GDP. With a global reputation for quality, value, performance, and reliability, Canada is a world leader in civil aviation, defence, and space programs.

Canada ranks first in non-military flight simulator production, third in engine production, and fourth in aircraft production. Canada is also a hub for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and plays a key role in global OEM supply chains.

Canada has maintained its leadership in this market because of government investment in R&D. In the 2021 Budget, $1.75B over 7 years was announced to support the aerospace industry. This funding will foster growth in aerospace production, accelerate industrial transformation, and help companies adopt disruptive technologies.

Companies operating in Canada like Airbus, Avcorp Industries, Bombardier, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited, and others have delivered cutting-edge technology solutions on time and at a competitive cost. In 2021, more than 90% of aerospace manufacturing revenues were generated from exports.

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Aerospace Industry

Ontario’s aerospace industry is a key economic driver – about 30% of the Canadian aerospace industry is located here. The impact of aerospace on the province’s GDP is approximately $4.4B (direct) and $6.4B (direct and indirect) . In 2020, Ontario generated $2.9B in aerospace related exports. Our aerospace industry is a world leader in several areas including turboprop aircraft, business jets, turbine engines, and landing gear systems.

Ontario maintains its leadership because of a dynamic R&D environment, its highly skilled workforce, and an integrated supply chain. The provincial government invests $500M annually in aerospace R&D, and Ontario 16 universities offer over 40 aerospace-related post-secondary programs.

The Ontario Aerospace Council was established in 1993. The OAC is a not-for-profit organisation with over 200 member companies representing more than 70% of Ontario’s aerospace employment base.

Ontario Aerospace Industry Facts


of finished products from Ontario are exported


of Canada’s space revenues are generated here


of Canada’s space employment is in Ontario


Accounts for 25% of Maintenance Repair, and Operations (MRO) activity in Canada


Provides 75% of Boeing and Airbus commercial aircraft landing gear


Offers more than 40 post-secondary degrees and diplomas in aerospace-related programs

A history of excellence

Did you know the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, often known as the best bush plane ever built, originated in Ontario. Manufactured by de Havilland Canada, this single-engine, propeller-driven STOL aircraft became a global hit for military and civil uses.

A strong voice in space

Ontario played a key role in the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, Canada’s newest generation of radar Earth Observation (EO) satellites that deliver important data on maritime surveillance, disaster management, and ecosystem monitoring.

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