Statement from Aerospace Industries Association of Canada on Canada’s Defence Policy Update

April 9, 2024

On behalf of Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and its members, AIAC President and CEO – Mike Mueller, issued the following statement in regards to Canada’s Defence Policy Update, Our North, Strong and Free: A Renewed Vision for Canada’s Defence: 

“The DPU is a positive step forward. AIAC and our members welcome the recognition for the importance of Canada’s aerospace industry and its pivotal role in safeguarding our interests and national sovereignty as well as the need to enhance our industrial base and capabilities. A clear commitment through an industrial aerospace strategy will be critical to realizing Canada’s aerospace and defence goals outlined in the DPU. 
AIAC is also pleased to find our recommendations within the language of the DPU, including the need for longer-term strategies and greater cooperation between government and industry. We will continue to work with the government on an industrial aerospace strategy for Canada, to help operationalize the goals and objectives set out by DPU and provide clarity and predictability industry needs to fortify our aerospace and defence capabilities.”

About AIAC:

AIAC is the national association representing Canada’s aerospace manufacturing and services sector. As the world’s seventh-largest aerospace industry, Canada’s aerospace sector contributes nearly $27B to the economy in GDP, exports 80% of its output and invests heavily in research and development (R&D) – over $683M in 2022 – while supporting nearly 212,000 jobs from coast to coast.

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John Braniff
Sr. Manager Communications and Social Media, AIAC