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.
Canada’s Aerospace Industry
All data is from 2016 unless otherwise stated.
- 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
- 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)
- 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)
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:
- 1st in terms of strategic importance over total manufacturing
- 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.
 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
 Statistics Canada Survey of Advanced Technology (2014), 2016
 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