It may surprise you to know that many of the innovations changing the aerospace industry are underway right here in Ontario. The province is home to one of the world’s most vibrant aerospace industries, supplying parts and components to OEMs and Tier One suppliers worldwide.

Where Innovation Soars


Find a smooth landing in Ontario

Ontario is your springboard to global leadership in the industry.

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

  • Over 200 companies supplying components to all major aerospace programs globally
  • 21,000 skilled workers
  • $6 billion in annual sales with nearly 80% in exports to customers and project partners around the world.
  • A strategic location and an extensive transportation infrastructure.


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A broad supply chain

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

200 firms and counting

In Ontario you’ll benefit from:

  • a diverse ecosystem of more than 200 local and foreign companies that supply components globally
  • 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


Tier 1, large Tier 2 and OEM companies
Companies Percentage
Aircraft / Helicopter / Engine OEM 11
Aerostructures and landing gear 34
Avionics and Electronics 36
Satellite and Spacecraft 6
MRO and Modifications 13
Sources: MEDEI Aerospace Sector Analysis; Ontario Aerospace Council


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Aerospace Companies


    Fast, convenient aerospace solutions

    Ontario aerospace companies service the supply chain end-to-end.

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

    Here are just a few of our world-leading companies:

    Ontario aerospace companies service the supply chain end-to-end.
    Product/Service Company
    Aircraft integration and assembly Bombardier
    Aircraft customization and simulation Flying Colours, Flight Safety
    Helicopters and components Airbus Helicopters Canada, Dart Aerospace
    Engines, hardware and testing Pratt and Whitney Canada, MDS Aero Support, GasTops, Triumph Gears
    Structural components Arnprior Aerospace, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Canada Aerospace, Magellan Aerospace, Noranco, Centra, Cyclone Manufacturing
    Landing gear systems Héroux Devtek, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, UTC Aerospace Systems, Sumitomo Precision Products, Canada Aircraft
    Avionics / electronic systems and components Raytheon, Honeywell, CMC Electronics, L-3, Safran Electronics Canada, Nexeya, Celestica, Thales, General Dynamics, Zodiac Interconnect Canada, DRS Technologies
    Composite component manufacturing Apex Composites, Fleet Canada, Comtek Advanced Structures, Diamond Aircraft, Shimco
    Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) KF Aerospace, Premier Aviation, Chorus Aviation
    Satellites and services COM DEV, exactEarth, Sinclair Interplanetary
    Space robotics and systems Neptec, MDA, Teledyne Dalsa, Canadensys
    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) platforms Aeryon Labs, Brican Flight Systems, MMIST, ING Robotics, Northrop Grumman

    21,000 highly educated workers, and an exceptional workforce

    Our highly educated workforce is supremely qualified to help you deliver.

    Ontario is home to one of the best-educated talent pools in the world.

    • 69% 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 21,000 skilled workers.
    • Our universities and colleges offer more than 40 aerospace and aviation-related programs, including degrees in aerospace engineering and produce nearly 40,000 graduates every year.

    Lower business costs

    Ontario is one of the most cost-competitive locations for aerospace manufacturing.

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

    • What’s more, labour costs in Canada are the lowest of the G7 countries, according to KPMG’s Competitive Alternatives 2016.
    • 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 (U.S. = 100.0)
    Country Cost Index
    Canada 90.1
    U.S. 100.0
    France 92.9
    Germany 93.6
    Italy 92.1
    U.K. 94.1
    Japan 94.2
    Source: KPMG Competitive Alternatives 2016 Report

    Strong R&D capacity

    Ongoing innovation is an imperative in aerospace.

    Our R&D incentive programs make it easier and more affordable to innovate and stay competitive in your market, potentially reducing your R&D costs by more than 50%.

    • More than 20% of the Canadian aerospace manufacturing activity is dedicated to R&D.
    • Ontario accounts for over 30% ($500 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. If innovation is critical to your business you need to be here.
    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

    Testing and partnerships opportunities

    Ontario has numerous locations for R&D development as well as prototyping, testing and evaluating the latest innovations in aerospace technologies.

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    David Florida Laboratory - Ottawa

    Satellite and space system assembly and environmental testing.

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    UTIAS Spaceflight Laboratory (University of Toronto) – Toronto

    Microsatellite design, production, launch and control.

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    NRC CANMET Materials – Hamilton

    Research, fabrication, processing and evaluation of metals and materials.

    NRC Aerospace – Ottawa

    Conducting research, performing technical services and developing technology solutions to support the Canadian aerospace industry.

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    Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research – London

    Develops, tests, validates and characterizes new lightweight materials and advanced manufacturing processes at industrial scale.

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    Institute for Quantum Computing (University of Waterloo) – Waterloo

    Quantum information research.

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    Defence Research and Development Canada – Ottawa, Toronto

    Scientific and technical information exchange, shared materials and facilities, jointly developed frameworks, trials, exercises and advanced concept technology demonstrations.

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    Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production – North Bay

    Allows companies to access the technologies and resources for the development of new products and processes or the refining of existing products and processes.

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    Catalyst 137 – Waterloo

    Provides centralized funding, consulting, engineering and other services, consolidated under in one location.

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    Canadian Centre for Product Validation – London

    Prototyping and testing in one central location – with full developmental multimodal capabilities.

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    Downsview Park R&D

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

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