Investment in Aerospace Innovation
Investment Helps Fuel Growth in Winnipeg Aerospace Cluster
Manitoba has the third largest Aerospace cluster in Canada with more than 50 Aerospace firms either headquartered or have major centres of operation. A $10 million investment from the federal and provincial governments will fund four projects to promote growth in Manitoba's Aerospace industry. Together these initiatives support innovation, maintain technological competencies, and improve productivity in this key economic sector.
The investment includes:
- Composites Innovation Centre: $1.8 million to establish a collaborative space at Red River College's Smart Factory to develop, demonstrate, and validate new advanced Aerospace composite products and processes.
- Magellan Aerospace Limited: $5 million to introduce enhanced Aerospace design, production, and technologies to reinforce Manitoba's competitive advantage as a leader in the global Aerospace supply chain.
- West Canitest R&D Inc. (WestCaRD): $1.6 million to expand the range of engine testing capabilities of GE Aviation Test, Research and Development Centre, solidifying Winnipeg as the preferred location for testing of GE engines.
- Composites Innovation Centre: $1.6 million to administer and deliver the Manitoba Aerospace Fund aimed at supporting product commercialization, process innovation, and business development activities of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the Manitoba Aerospace sector.
"Our Government's investment in the Canadian Aerospace industry builds on our ambitious plan to turn Canada's economic strengths into global successes,” says the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development. “These projects support a key economic cluster in Manitoba and across Western Canada that will continue to create the good middle-class jobs of tomorrow."
Manufacturing is the largest sector of Winnipeg’s economy, and Winnipeg is the third largest centre of excellence of Aerospace in Canada.
"Manitoba's Aerospace sector is globally-competitive and a significant part of our provincial economy. We are pleased to have identified these projects as priorities in building the next generation of advanced manufacturing expertise here in Manitoba," says Scott Johnston, MLA for St. James, on behalf of Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen.
Ranking third globally for civil aircraft production, Canada is a global leader in civil aviation and defence systems, encompassing regional aircraft, avionics, business jets, commercial helicopters, aircraft engines, flight simulation, landing gear, and more.