Ranking third globally for civil aircraft production, Canada is a global leader in civil aviation and defence systems, while Manitoba has the third largest Aerospace cluster in Canada with more than 50 Aerospace firms either headquartered or have major centres of operation. A major investment from the federal and provincial governments will fund four projects to promote growth in Manitoba’s Aerospace industry.
The investment includes Composites Innovation Centre establishing a collaborative space to develop, demonstrate, and validate new advanced Aerospace composite products and processes. Magellan Aerospace Limited will introduce enhanced Aerospace design, production, and technologies. West Canitest R&D Inc. (WestCaRD) is set to expand the range of engine testing capabilities of GE Aviation Test, Research and Development Centre, solidifying Winnipeg as the preferred location for testing of GE engines. Finally, Composites Innovation Centre will receive a fund aimed at supporting product commercialization, process innovation, and business development activities of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the Manitoba Aerospace sector.
“Our Government’s investment in the Canadian Aerospace industry builds on our ambitious plan to turn Canada’s economic strengths into global successes,” says the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development. “These projects support a key economic cluster in Manitoba and across Western Canada that will continue to create the good middle-class jobs of tomorrow.”