Canada Launches Review of Aerospace and Space Programs

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, Feb 27, 2012 (Industry Canada PR) — Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, pledged continued government support of Canada’s aerospace and space sectors and officially launched the Review of Aerospace and Space Programs and Policies.

“The Harper Government is focusing on what matters to Canadians-job creation and economic growth,” said Minister Paradis. “Canadian aerospace and space sectors are leaders in their fields, and our government wants to ensure that they continue to create quality jobs across the country today and in the future. This comprehensive review will examine how we can maximize our efforts, together with industry, to sustain Canada’s leadership position.”

The review will explore how government, industry and other key stakeholders can address the key issues facing the aerospace and space sectors, such as innovation, market access and development, skills development, procurement, and supplier development. The review is part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan to create jobs and promote economic growth across the country.

The Honourable David L. Emerson, P.C., O.B.C., will head the review and will report his findings to the Minister of Industry in late 2012.

“I am pleased to announce that Mr. Emerson has accepted to lead this important initiative,” said Minister Paradis. “He brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge and expertise and is very familiar with the two sectors being reviewed.”

A three-member advisory council will assist Mr. Emerson in fulfilling his mandate as head of the review. The appointed council members are Ms. Sandra Pupatello, Mr. Jim Quick and Dr. Jacques Roy.

According to the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, Canada’s aerospace and space industries generate annual revenues of $22 billion and employ nearly 80,000 Canadians in high-paying jobs at more than 400 firms across the country.

For more information on the Review of Aerospace and Space Programs and Policies, please visit the Aerospace Review website ( www.aerospacereview.ca ).

Backgrounder

Review of Aerospace and Space Programs and Policies

In Budget 2011, the Government of Canada announced its commitment to review all policies and programs related to the aerospace and space industries in order to develop a federal policy framework to maximize the competitiveness of these sectors.

The review will study the key issues facing these sectors, such as innovation, market access and development, skills development, procurement, and supplier development.

The review will involve industry and other key stakeholders and examine the following:

  • the long-term goals of the Canadian aerospace and space sectors;
  • the recent and anticipated future trends in the global and domestic aerospace and space sectors and how these trends could impact the Canadian industry;
  • the key opportunities and major challenges for the Canadian industry; and
  • the strengths and weaknesses of the Canadian industry.

The head of the review will provide recommendations to the Government of Canada on programs and policies that support the long-term competitiveness of the aerospace and space sectors. His report is to be delivered to the government in late 2012. A three-member advisory council will assist with the review.

Support of the aerospace and space industries

Since the 2007-08 fiscal year, the government has supported the aerospace and space industries as follows:

  • leveraging its defence and security procurement activities through the Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy to provide economic benefits to Canada;
  • announcing its intention to contribute up to $350 million to Bombardier Aerospace for research and development (R&D) related to the CSeries aircraft;
  • providing R&D funding through the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative, which builds on previous investments made through Technology Partnerships Canada;
  • providing funding of approximately $14 million over four years to support the Green Aviation Research and Development Network, one of the Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence;
  • providing funding through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to support strategic investments in the aerospace industry’s capabilities in science and technology;
  • providing an additional $200 million over two years (Budget 2009) to National Research Council Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program, enabling the Council to temporarily expand its initiatives for small and medium-sized businesses while also supporting its ongoing work to aid the Canadian aerospace industry with R&D;
  • providing funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation to support innovation in the aerospace industry;
  • providing funding for space robotics and the development of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, a system of remote sensing satellites; and
  • supporting Canadian participation at the Paris and Farnborough international air shows.