In June 2016, AIAC and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada jointly released The State of the Aerospace Industry: 2016 Report, which contains updated data and analytics for the Canadian aerospace industry as of 2016.
All data is from 2015 unless otherwise stated.
- Contributed more than $28B to GDP and 211,000 jobs in the Canadian economy
- The industry directly generated $29.8B in revenues, 89,000 in employment and $13.3B in GDP
- More than 70% of the industry’s activity is dedicated to manufacturing while the balance (30%) is focused on maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)
- Both aerospace manufacturing (+11%) and MRO (+25%) experienced GDP growth between 2010 and 2015
Canadian Aerospace Activity
- The Canadian aerospace industry is comprised of a mix of civil/commercial, defence and space systems activities
- High technology related C4ISR, avionics and simulation systems goods/services captured more than one-third of overall aerospace defence sales
- Space systems activities cut across civil and defence markets
- Aerospace manufacturing accounts for close to 30% of total manufacturing R&D investments in Canada.
- The industry invests $1.9 billion annually into R&D
- Close to 20% of the industry’s activity is dedicated to R&D
- R&D investment increased more than 20% in the last 5 years (2010-2015)
- Aerospace manufacturing has 5 times the R&D intensity of Canada’s total manufacturing average
- A high proportion of the Canadian aerospace workforce is innovation related (30% of the Canadian aerospace employment are engineers, scientists and technicians)
Compared with Canada’s total manufacturing average, aerospace manufacturing has:
- 30% more value-added per employee
- 60% higher wages
- 5 times the R&D intensity
- 4 times the export intensity
Canada ranks third in terms of global civil aircraft production activity
When compared with other OECD countries, Canada’s aerospace manufacturing industry ranks:
- 1 in terms of strategic importance over total manufacturing
- 3 in terms of R&D intensity4, behind France and the U.S.
- 5 in terms of GDP, behind the U.S., Germany, France and the U.K.
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
 There was a revision on aerospace product and parts manufacturing employment and GDP statistics (2014) by Statistics Canada
 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 2015 GDP and employment), Canada Revenue Agency, OECD and firm level observations, 2016
 Command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
 Source: Canadian Defence, Aerospace and Commercial and Civil Marine Sector Survey (2014), 2016
 R&D / GDP
 Value added (GDP) / Full-time Employment (FTE)
 Export / Shipments
 Aircraft production: Average of Forecast International and Teal Group Forecasts, 2015
 2011 analysis
 GDP based analysis