15 of the top 25 firms are here

Ontario is your springboard to global leadership in the industry.

Globally recognized

When you take off and land on a large airliner, four times in 10 it’s on landing gear made by UTAS Landing Gear in Oakville or Messier-Bugatti-Dowty in Ajax.

When you’re flying on a Boeing jetliner at 35,000 feet, the warm, clean air you breathe is thanks to Honeywell engineers in Mississauga.

Why do so many aerospace companies do business in Ontario? Here you’ll find:

  • 15 of the world’s top 25 aerospace companies
  • over 200 companies supplying components to more than 125 aerospace programs around the world
  • 17,000 skilled workers
  • $5.3 billion in annual sales with nearly 80% in exports to customers and project partners around the world
  • our aerospace industry delivers innovative solutions for fuel efficiency, emissions control and noise reduction, whether it’s innovative technologies for engines or lightweight materials or advanced communication systems


A broad supply chain

Whether you’re an OEM, a Tier 1 integrator or Tier 2/3 supplier, you’ll find everything here that you need to succeed.

200 firms and counting

In Ontario, you’ll benefit from:

  • a diverse ecosystem of more than 200 local and foreign companies supply components to more than 125 aerospace programs around the world
  • firms that provide faster, superior solutions across the entire supply chain
  • a broad range of capabilities all in one place, providing greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness



Faster solutions

Ontario companies manufacture regional, business and special-purpose aircraft, small turbine engines, landing gear systems, aerospace structures and electrical systems. They service the full spectrum of aerospace demand, offering you faster, more convenient solutions.

Ontario aerospace companies service the supply chain end-to-end:
Product/Service Company
Aircraft integration and assembly Bombardier (Q400, Global Series, CL-415)
Aircraft customization Flying Colours Corp
Helicopters Airbus Helicopters Canada
Engine systems Pratt & Whitney Canada
Structural components Arnprior Aerospace, Magellan Aerospace, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Canada Aerospace
Landing gear systems Héroux-Devtek, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Sumitomo Precision Products Canada Aircraft, UTC Aerospace Systems – Landing Gear
Avionics Honeywell
Electronic systems CMC Electronics, L-3 Communications, Safran Electronics Canada, TrueNorth Avionics
Composite component manufacturing Apex Composites, Fleet Canada, Comtek Advanced Structures
Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Kelowna Flightcraft, Premier Aviation, Voyageur Airways
Satellites and space robotics COM DEV, Neptec Design Group, MDA
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) Aeryon Labs


17,000 highly educated workers

Aerospace demands precision. There’s no room for error. Our highly educated workforce is supremely qualified to help you deliver.

An exceptional workforce

Ontario is home to one of the best educated talent pools in the world. Here, 67% of adults have completed post-secondary education, more than in any other OECD country, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Japan.

  • Our aerospace industry boasts more than 17,000 skilled workers.
  • Our universities and colleges, with more than 40 aerospace and aviation-related programs, include degrees in aerospace engineering.
  • Our largest city, Toronto, ranks high on AON Consulting’s People Risk Index Ratings, which compares 90 global cities in indicators including education and talent development.


Low risk, high reward

Ontario's strengths are derived from strict enforcement of equal opportunity laws, clear government-mandated health and retirement benefits, low levels of corruption, and the high quality and broad availability of training facilities. Out of 138 global cities examined, Toronto ranked third for low risks associated with employment and redeployment.


Overall People-Risk Index Rankings, 2013
Rank City
1 New York City
2 Singapore
3 Toronto
4 London
5 Montreal
6 Los Angeles
7 Copenhagen
8 Hong Kong
9 Zurich
10 Vancouver
Source: AON Consulting, 2014

Among the lowest cost aerospace manufacturing regions in the G7

You’ll get more for your money in Ontario, one of the most cost-competitive locations for aerospace manufacturing.

Lower business costs

Aerospace manufacturing costs in Canada are lower than in any G7 nation.

  • What's more, labour costs in Canada are among the lowest of the G7 countries, according to KPMG's Competitive Alternatives 2014.
  • The same report found manufacturing costs in Ontario's aerospace cluster in Toronto to be lower than in many large clusters in the U.S., including Seattle and Wichita. Toronto is also more cost competitive than international sites such as Tokyo, London or Paris.


Aircraft Parts Manufacturing - International Results (US = 100.0)
Country Cost Index
Canada 96.5
U.S. 100.0
France 98.0
Germany 99.2
Italy 99.3
U.K. 99.8
Japan 98.4
Source: KPMG Competitive Alternatives 2014 Report

Reduce your R&D spending by more than 50%

Ongoing innovation is an imperative in aerospace. Using our R&D incentive program, you’ll find it easier and more affordable to innovate and stay competitive in your market.

Strong R&D capacity

  • More than 20% of the Canadian aerospace manufacturing activity is dedicated to R&D.
  • Ontario accounts for 30% ($462 million) of all aerospace R&D in Canada.
  • The Canadian aerospace manufacturing sector outpaced key industrial sectors, the total manufacturing average, and the total of all industries in terms of R&D intensity. That means you should be here if innovation is critical to your business.
Canadian aerospace manufacturing sector
R&D intensity analysis (2012)
R&D Intensity on GDP Percent of activity in R&D
Aerospace Manufacturing 20
Total Manufacturing 4
Total Industries 1

Generous tax incentives

  • Ontario’s R&D tax credits are the most generous of any region in the G7 countries. Combined with federal R&D programs, our R&D tax program can reduce your after-tax cost of every $100 in R&D spending to between $61 and $37.
  • Companies that earn federal Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive credits in Ontario are also eligible for a 4.5% non-refundable Ontario Research and Development Tax Credit.
  • A 20% refundable Ontario Business Research Institute Tax Credit (up to $4 million annually) is available for contract R&D performed at eligible research institutes.
  • For small- and medium-sized companies, there is an additional 10% refundable Ontario Innovation Tax Credit, worth up to $300,000 annually.
  • The marginal effective tax rate (METR) on new capital investments (provincial and federal combined) is 16.6%. By comparison, in 2014, the average METR will be 34.8% for the U.S. and 20.2% for the other OECD countries, excluding Canada.


More costs qualify for R&D tax incentives
  Ontario United States
Contract expenses 80% 65%
Source: Canada Revenue Agency and U.S. Internal Revenue Service, 2014

Case Study: Downsview Park R&D

With global competition increasing, we are launching a collaborative initiative that will further cement our reputation for aerospace excellence.

Find out how the creation of an aerospace campus at Downsview Park in Toronto will promote R&D, skilled workforce development, and industry partnerships, while furthering the global competitiveness of our aerospace sector.

Read the case study.


Integrated with the US$20-trillion NAFTA market

Being in Ontario puts you at the heart of North America, and right in the centre of one of the world’s biggest and richest aerospace markets.

A strategic location

Bring your products to market faster and more cost-effectively here. We offer a strategic location and an extensive transportation infrastructure.

  • When you set up shop here, you become part of the US$20-trillion market under NAFTA, which gives our companies secure access to U.S. and Mexican markets and government procurement programs.
  • You’ll also have the ability to bid on U.S. military projects through special trade agreements, such as defence development and production sharing agreements, and specific exemptions under U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulation.


  • Ontario is home to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Canada’s busiest flight hub, with 75 airlines offering frequent service to 108 destinations in the U.S. and around the world.
  • We’re just a two-hour flight from major U.S. centres such as New York, Atlanta and Washington, and a direct flight to European and Asian destinations.


Disclaimer: Information contained in this video was current at the time of its production. Statistics quoted are subject to change.


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