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Preparing Students for Jobs in the Aerospace Industry

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Preparing Students for Jobs in the Aerospace Industry

Ontario Invests in New Campus at Centennial College

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Ontario is giving more students opportunities to train for high-tech manufacturing, robotics and aerospace jobs by investing in a new campus for aerospace programs.

Premier Kathleen Wynne joined representatives from the Government of Canada and Centennial College today to make the announcement at the future site of the Centennial College Downsview Park Aerospace Campus in Toronto.

The joint investment will make it possible for about 500 new students to attend three new aerospace and aviation-related programs. Four hundred aviation students from another Centennial campus will join them at the new Downsview facility.

More than 900 students graduate each year from aerospace and aviation-related programs in Ontario's universities and colleges. Investing in this project helps Ontario continue to build a high-tech hub where students develop the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow. It fosters innovation and helps build the highly skilled workforce that attracts global investment.

Premier Wynne's upcoming business mission to Japan and South Korea from November 28 to December 2 will also highlight Ontario as a leader in aerospace technology, encouraging investments and partnerships across the sector.

Investing in innovative learning spaces is part of Ontario's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is committing $25.8 million to the Centennial College Downsview Park Aerospace Campus. The federal government is committing $18.4 million.
  • More than half of the world’s top 25 aerospace firms do business in Ontario. The Ontario aerospace sector directly employs over 21,000 workers and supports another 17,000.
  • KPMG's Competitive Alternatives 2016 report found manufacturing costs in Ontario’s aerospace cluster in Toronto were lower than many large clusters in the U.S., including Seattle and Wichita.

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“We are focused on making sure our students have the skills to compete in the global marketplace. This new aerospace campus will benefit students and secure Ontario’s position as an innovator in the economy of the future.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

“Our government is proud to support Centennial College’s new Downsview Park Aerospace Campus. It will provide a leading-edge learning environment for students to prepare for high-tech knowledge jobs in the aerospace industry. Providing access to high-quality education and training facilities is critical to building the highly skilled workforce we need to support good jobs and economic growth for today and tomorrow, and this investment will help us to do it.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

“This once-in-a-generation investment by the Government of Canada is a historic down payment on the government’s vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. That means making Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into middle-class jobs and start-up companies into global successes. This investment will create conditions that are conducive to innovation and long-term growth, which will in turn keep the Canadian economy globally competitive.”

Navdeep Singh Bains

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Government of Canada

“Encouraging scientific awareness in Ontario and across Canada depends on supporting our world-class scientists and researchers. Through investments such as those under the Strategic Investment Fund, we are strengthening the foundation of our middle class and building Canada as a global leader in scientific excellence.”

Kirsty Duncan

Minister of Science, Government of Canada

“Centennial’s new training facility will anchor Ontario’s first aerospace industry cluster, deemed vital to meeting challenges to Canada’s fifth-place ranking as an aerospace technology provider in a global market. But more than that, the rejuvenation of the historic de Havilland plant will bring new activity to a local community that will benefit from it, as well as form a magnet for Canadian aerospace investment. It will also strengthen Centennial’s ranking as a top-10 applied research college in Canada.”

Ann Buller

President and CEO of Centennial College



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