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Ontario Supports Growth of Aerospace Industry

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Ontario Supports Growth of Aerospace Industry

Government Helps People Train for Good Jobs in Growing Industry

Office of the Premier

Ontario is helping the province's aerospace sector grow by supporting a partnership between Centennial College and Bombardier that will help train more people to work in the industry. 

The government is proposing to invest in a new Centennial College facility for aviation programs at the former de Havilland aircraft manufacturing plant at Downsview Park, the first step in creating an aerospace training and research hub for the development of new technologies.  

The plant will be renovated to provide new classroom, workshop and hangar space and will house an innovation and research working group that brings together industry leaders and academic partners.

Helping Ontario's aerospace industry grow is part of the government's three-part economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • The building will also house the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR) working group, which includes the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Ryerson University, York University, Centennial College, Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Honeywell, UTC Aerospace Systems, MDA Corporation and Sumitomo Precision Products Canada Aircraft, Inc.
  • Ontario has about 350 aerospace firms that collectively employ approximately 22,000 people.
  • 14 of the top 25 aerospace companies in the world have operations in Ontario including: Honeywell, Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney Canada, EADS, L-3, Safran, UTC Aerospace Systems, Magellan and Thales.
  • Ontario-made aerospace parts are used on virtually every passenger aircraft in the world.

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Kathleen Wynne

“For Ontario’s important industries to grow, we need to make sure employers have the support and workforce they need. This project is a great example of how we can help support continued growth in our aerospace sector while connecting more people with great careers.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

Brad Duguid

“Investing in Centennial College’s aviation programs will contribute to the development of an aerospace cluster that fosters collaboration between universities, colleges and industry, and supports expansion of applied aerospace research. We need to create this skilled workforce here in Ontario so we can continue to thrive and compete.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

Charles Sousa

“As part of our plan to grow our economy, we are determined to create the jobs and industries of tomorrow. Aerospace is one important example of this and to help it grow further, we will work with our partners to offer enhanced training for this sector.”

Charles Sousa

Minister of Finance

“Centennial has been teaching aircraft and avionics maintenance for 40 years at its Ashtonbee Campus hangar – the first college in the country to have Transport Canada accreditation. With the Ontario government's commitment, we will open a new chapter in aerospace education and training for our students, and will look to collaborate with academic and industrial partners to broaden the learning opportunities.”

Ann Buller

President and CEO, Centennial College

“Skills training is crucial to Ontario’s continued success and growth in aerospace. Bombardier is Ontario’s largest aerospace employer and long ago recognized the immediate need for skills development. Together with the province, we are pleased to be partnering with Centennial to encourage the ongoing development of these new skills. Strong partnerships will foster technical and problem solving abilities and this investment will continue to give Ontario a competitive advantage.”

Simon Roberts

Vice President and General Manager, Q400 Programs, Bombardier Aerospace



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