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Industry Statistics

  • In June 2013, AIAC and Industry Canada jointly released The State of the Aerospace Industry: 2013 Report, which contains updated data and analytics for the Canadian aerospace industry as of 2012. Click here to download the full report.

      All data is from 2012 unless otherwise stated.

    Economic Impact

    The Canadian aerospace industry is a strategically important contributor to the Canadian economy in terms of employment, innovation, productivity, R&D, GDP and trade.

    • The industry is made up of over 700 companies of all sizes from coast to coast and is responsible for the employment of more than 170,000 Canadians1
    • It is responsible for more than $42B in revenues across multiple supply chains in Canada while direct revenue reached $22.8B
    • 70% of the industry’s activity is dedicated to manufacturing while Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) service providers represent 30%

    Innovation

    The Canadian aerospace industry is an innovation leader with stellar performance in both R&D and productivity:

    • More than 20% of the industry’s activity is dedicated to R&D2
    • R&D investment increased by 41% in the last five years (2007-2012)
    • Productivity grew by 19% over the last five years (2007-2012)2

    Manufacturing Advantage

    The Canadian Aerospace Industry compares advantageously to Canada's total manufacturing average. Here are a few key facts:

    • 64% more value-added per employee3
    • 46% more skilled labour
    • 28% higher wages
    • 5 times the R&D intensity
    • 2.4 times more productive (2007-2012)
    • 2.1 times the export diversity index
    • 1.9 times the export intensity

    International Perspective

    When compared with other OECD countries, Canada’s aerospace industry ranked:4

    • No. 1 in terms of productivity
    • No. 1 in terms of strategic importance over total manufacturing5
    • No. 3 in terms of R&D intensity2
    • No. 5 in terms of GDP and revenues

    One of Canada’s largest exporters, the Canadian aerospace industry exports nearly 80% of its products to highly diversified markets and product segments:

    • 54% of total product exports to the US, 26% to Europe, 12% to Asia and 8% to Africa, Middle East as well as Central and South America

    Source: Industry Canada. Economic modelling based on data from Statistics Canada (Business Registry and Cansim), Canada Revenue Agency, OECD and firm level observation, 2013.

    1. Direct, indirect, and induced employment
    2. Labour productivity and value added employee estimates
    3. Sector GDP on total FTE
    4. 2010 analysis
    5. GDP based analysis