ELECTION 2021: 9 IN 10 CANADIANS SUPPORT GOVERNMENT ACTION TO CREATE MORE AEROSPACE JOBS, R&D IN CANADA

September 17, 2021

OTTAWA (ONTARIO), Sept 17, 2020 – Mike Mueller, President & CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada today welcomed new Nanos Research public opinion data showing a majority of Canadians view aerospace as an important national industry and support government action to keep the industry globally competitive. These results are consistent with the findings of a 2018 Nanos survey which asked Canadians the same questions.

Key Findings:

  • Support for the Canadian aerospace industry is very strong, with nine in 10 Canadians saying they support or somewhat support the Government of Canada encouraging more Canadian jobs in the industry.
  • Nine in ten Canadians support action by the Government of Canada to keep the Canadian aerospace industry competitive in the global marketplace.

  • 85% of respondents agree or somewhat agree that jobs in the industry are the types of jobs needed for the future and 79% see it as a driver of future economic growth.
  • 88% of Canadians agree or somewhat agree that the Canadian aerospace industry is an important contributor to Canadian research and development.

“During  recent AIAC Election Town Hall events, we heard all parties express strong support for Canada’s aerospace industry. These survey results show Canadians, too, see aerospace as an important driver of economic recovery and future growth. With political and public support firmly aligned behind the importance of the industry and its future role, it’s time for a long-term Canadian Aerospace Strategy.  We look forward to working with all parties on this critical initiative.

“We are at a crossroads. Canada can either strengthen its hard-won global position or it can cede it to more ambitious nations. A Canadian Aerospace Strategy will put us on par with top aerospace nations and competitors: it will chart a globally competitive plan, based on Canada’s strengths and advantages, drive economic recovery and innovation here at home, and contribute to Canada’s sustainability goals.”

The full research report is found here.

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Methodology:

Nanos conducted an RDD dual frame (land- and cell lines) hybrid telephone and online random survey of 1,029 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, between August 28th and 30th, 2021 as part of an omnibus survey. Participants were randomly recruited by telephone using live agents and administered a survey online. The results were statistically checked and weighted by age and gender using the latest Census information and the sample is geographically stratified to be representative of Canada. Individuals were randomly called using random digit dialing with a maximum of five call backs. The margin of error for a random survey of 1,029 Canadians is ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. The research was commissioned by Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and was conducted by Nanos Research.

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 $28B to the economy in GDP, exports 80% of its output, and dedicates over 20% of its activity to research and development (R&D). Canada’s aerospace sector directly and indirectly supports nearly 235,000 jobs in every region of the country.

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For more information:

Christine Csversko
Director, Communications and Marketing
ccsversko@aiac.ca
613-232-4297 x235