Toronto’s dynamic aerospace cluster has been a global leader in innovative research and manufacturing for nearly 100 years. The city is home to one of the world’s top aircraft integration centres. Its location ensures easy access to the world’s largest aerospace market, the United States, while offering lower production costs than many competing locations – as well as the import-export advantages of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Trade Agreement Europe Trade Agreement (CETA).
- Constantly setting standards in advanced manufacturing, the aerospace industry is crucial to economic growth in Toronto and in the province of Ontario. This key cluster generates significant exports and bolsters Canada’s reputation as a research and development beacon within a thriving, knowledge-based economy.
- The Ontario aerospace sector, most of which is clustered in the Toronto region, is Canada’s second largest with more than 300 companies generating over $6 billion annually in sales of aerospace goods.
- Toronto is home to one of the world’s top aircraft integration centres.
- A workforce of over 20,000 skilled and educated professionals focused on systems engineering, equipment production and integration.
- The region’s aerospace enterprises provide a broad range of aerospace/aviation design, manufacturing and product support for markets worldwide. Toronto is also the global centre for production of regional commercial turboprop aircraft.
- Toronto’s location ensures easy access to the world’s largest aerospace market, the United States, while offering lower production costs than many competing locations – as well as the import-export advantages of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Trade Agreement Europe Trade Agreement (CETA).
Bombardier Aerospace, UTC Aerospace Systems, Honeywell, L3 Communications, Safran Electronics Canada, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, MDA Space Missions, Sumitomo Precision Products, MHI Canada Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Magellan Aerospace, Northstar Aerospace, MMIST, Magellan, and more.
- Toronto’s aerospace cluster is supported by industry-led initiatives/organizations such as the Ontario Aerospace Council, as well as Canadian government departments and agencies, including Industry Canada, Export Development Corporation, the Canadian Space Agency, National Research Council, and Canadian Commercial Corporation. The cluster is further bolstered by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.
- Several leading academic institutions – the University of Toronto’s Institute for Aerospace Studies; Ryerson Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation; York University; and Centennial College– provide leading-edge aerospace education and training, as well as facilities for advanced research and development.
- The recently formed Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR) Consortium, a collaboration between academia and industry supported by all three levels of government, will be a world leader in R&D and Innovation. DAIR is the centrepiece of the growing Downsview Aerospace Campus Hub at the heart of the Toronto region aerospace cluster.
- The Toronto region’s 6 million plus residents are ethnically diverse, multilingual (speaking 100+ languages) and well educated – a key advantage for aerospace employers.
- Toronto is positioned at centre stage within the world aerospace industry. Companies across the region deliver a wide array of interrelated goods and services, including aircraft assembly and integration; landing gear systems; environmental conditioning systems; turbine engines/nacelles; flight simulation systems; space robotics systems; space/satellite communications systems; air traffic control radar systems; business and regional aircraft; and maintenance, repair and overhaul services.
Toronto is a centre for commercial aircraft manufacturing and systems integration with a proud history of technology leadership. The regional aircraft designed and built here help link communities around the world. Local innovators developed breakthrough satellite technology that has enhanced communications globally. And Toronto-based companies were responsible for the famed Canadarm and other components of NASA’s Remote Manipulator System. The aerospace cluster today continues to grow, generating significant exports and keeping Canada at the forefront of a key international industry.
“Innovative aircraft designed and produced at our Toronto site have played a vital role in developing transportation for remote areas and new markets. The aircraft currently produced here are recognized for their advanced technology and their outstanding performance; they include the industry-leading Bombardier Q-Series turboprop airliners and the Global family of business jets.”
Todd Young, VP Customer Service & Support, Commercial Aircraft Bombardier Aerospace