Industry Statistics

In June 2017, AIAC and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada jointly released The State of the Aerospace Industry: 2017 Report, which contains updated data and analytics for the Canadian aerospace industry as of 2016.

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Canada’s Aerospace Industry

 All data is from 2016 unless otherwise stated.

 Economic Impact

  • Contributed close to $28B to GDP and 208,000 jobs in the Canadian economy
  • The industry directly generated $27.2B in revenues, over 87,000 in employment and nearly $13B in GDP[1]
  • The industry revenues grew by close to 20% during the 2011 to 2016 period.
  • 70% of the industry’s activity (GDP) is dedicated to manufacturing while the balance is focused on maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).

Canadian Aerospace Activity

  • The Canadian aerospace industry is comprised of a mix of civil/commercial, defence and space systems activities (2014)
  • Space systems activities cut across civil and defence markets (2014)

Global Supply Chain

  • More than 60% of Canadian aerospace product exports were supply chain components
  • Aerospace manufacturing was close to 80% more trade diverse than the Canadian industry average in terms of goods exports


  • Canadian aerospace manufacturing was the number one R&D investor across manufacturing industries (2015)
  • The industry invested $1.9 billion annually into R&D (2015)
  • Aerospace manufacturing accounted for close to 30% of total manufacturing R&D investments in Canada (2015)[2]
  • Aerospace manufacturers outpaced the manufacturing average in terms of use for all four types of innovation practices (2014)
  • Aerospace manufacturers collaborated significantly more than the manufacturing average with industry, academia and Government (2014)
  • Aerospace manufacturers developed new advanced technologies in-house more often than the manufacturing average (2014)
  • Aerospace manufacturers increased their talent pool to introduce innovation (2014)

Manufacturing Perspective

Compared with Canada’s total manufacturing average, aerospace manufacturing has:

  • 30% more value-added per employee[3]
  • 60% higher wages
  • 5 times the R&D intensity
  • 4 times the export intensity[4]

International Performance

Canada ranks third in terms of global civil aircraft production activity[5]

When compared with other OECD countries, Canada’s aerospace manufacturing industry ranks[6]:

  • 1st in terms of strategic importance over total manufacturing[7]
  • 3rd in terms of R&D intensity, behind France and the U.S.
  • 5th in terms of GDP, behind the U.S., Germany, France and the U.K.

The Canadian aerospace industry exports nearly 80% of its products to highly diversified markets and product segments. All Canadian aerospace product exports benefited from positive growth during the period of 2010-2015.

[1] ISED’s model estimates direct, indirect and induced employment and GDP impacts based on data from Statistics Canada (Business Registry and CANSIM), National Input-Output Multipliers (2011 adjusted to 2016 GDP and employment), Canada Revenue Agency, OECD and firm level observations, 2017

[2] Statistics Canada Survey of Advanced Technology (2014), 2016

[3] Value added (GDP) / Full-time Employment (FTE)

[4] Export / Shipments

[5] Aircraft production: Average of Forecast International and Teal Group Forecasts, 2015

[6] 2011 analysis

[7] GDP based analysis