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Canadian Aerospace Partnership

Canadian Aerospace Partnership

September 07, 2005 14:21 ET

The Canadian Aerospace Partnership Articulates a 20-Year Vision for Canadian Aerospace

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 7, 2005) - The Canadian Aerospace Partnership (CAP) today discussed a long-term strategic vision for the future of Canada's aerospace industry, and considered recommendations on a number of specific strategic issues of importance for the national aerospace industry.

Federal Industry Minister David L. Emerson welcomed the recommendations as an important step in developing a coordinated future strategy for the Canadian aerospace industry, which accounts for some $21 billion in annual sales.

"Aerospace is an important industry for Canada, with real value for regions from coast to coast," said Minister Emerson. "CAP working groups have brought forward substantial proposals for the government to consider in the aerospace strategic framework we are developing."

At today's meeting, CAP considered a strategic, collaborative 20-year vision for the industry, including performance goals, and critical enablers of the sector's long-term success. Among the goals articulated in the vision is to sustain Canada's global ranking as one of the world's top five aerospace nations, as well as to strengthen its critical mass of top-tier original equipment manufacturers as world-leaders in their respective areas of expertise. This is a vision in which the private sector and both federal and provincial governments can share.

"Quebec is an aerospace hub, and we are pleased to play a significant role in the work underway to develop the industry, in our province, and across Canada," said Quebec Minister of Economic Development Claude Bechard. "Quebec is home to many aerospace leaders, and we endorse the CAP vision to build on our existing capacity and continue to be a key contributor to the industry's growth."

"Ontario is home to a diverse blend of strong aerospace companies, working in areas such as aircraft, engines, components, flight simulators and electronic systems," said Ontario Economic Development Minister Joseph Cordiano. "By developing a national aerospace strategy, we will expand the opportunities available to our firms, and enjoy the economic benefits a vigourous aerospace sector provides."

"The efforts of CAP members are making the aerospace industry stronger," said Nova Scotia Minister of Economic Development Ernest Fage. "Aerospace and defence contributes $1.6 billion to Nova Scotia each year, and our province is committed to working with partners across the industry to develop further opportunities for growth."

CAP Co-Chairs David Caddey, Executive Vice President of MDA Corporation, and Alain Bellemare, President of Pratt & Whitney Canada, welcomed political leaders' support for the industry and a national strategy.

CAP members received reports and recommendations from three working
groups, each representing a key area of strategic importance:

- The Technology Investment and Commercialization working group
proposed a three-year goal to increase aerospace R&D intensity.
As part of its report, the working group recommended that a
Canadian Aerospace Technology Network be established in order to
connect the technology investments of governments, the private
sector and universities.

- The Major Platforms working group recommended that the industry
establish an evaluation framework to allow governments and
industry collectively to target investments, and leverage
Canadian industrial participation, in major international
projects in the aerospace, space and defence sectors.

- The Public Procurement working group recommended the development
of a clear statement of how domestic defence, space and security
procurements can be used to achieve Canadian industrial
objectives, as well as a parallel examination of ways to improve
the manner in which the federal Industrial and Regional Benefits
Policy for major Crown procurements can strengthen Canada's
aerospace and defence industrial competitiveness.

CAP members also struck new working groups to address two additional strategic issues: People and Skills, and Market Access and Development.

Collective effort in pursuit of the goals of the strategic vision will continue as CAP members review the working group reports, and continue to examine issues of most concern to the industry.

The reports from the working groups will be considered as the Government of Canada works to finalize the national aerospace and defence strategic framework.


Formed in 2005, the Canadian Aerospace Partnership (CAP) is a private and public sector organization focused on enhancing the global competitiveness of Canada's aerospace industry. CAP comprises senior executives from industry, federal and provincial government ministers, labour and academia. Working in partnership, CAP members will develop a long-term strategic vision for the aerospace industry through the identification of industry and public policy priorities that establish actionable steps to strengthen the sector's overall competitiveness.

Contact Information

  • Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
    Peter Boag
    (613) 232-4297
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    (613) 943-2502