Industry Statistics

In June 2018, AIAC and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada jointly released The State of the Aerospace Industry: 2018 Report, which contains updated data and analytics for the Canadian aerospace industry as of 2017.

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Canada’s Aerospace Industry

All data is from 2017 unless otherwise stated.


Economic Impact

  • Contributed close to $25 billion to GDP and 190,000 jobs in the Canadian economy[1]
  • Positive 5-year growths in GDP and jobs contribution to the Canadian economy
  • The industry directly generated close to $29 billion in revenues, over 85,500 in employment and $12.6 billion in GDP
  • The industry revenues grew by over 26% during the 2012 to 2017 period
  • Close to 70% of the industry’s activity (GDP) is dedicated to manufacturing while the balance is focused on maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)

Global Value Chain

  • Canada ranked in the top 3 countries in terms of civil aircraft, engines, and flight simulators production[2]
  • The Canadian aerospace industry is commercially and export oriented
  • Close to 75% of aerospace manufacturing products were exported
  • Over 60% of Canadian aerospace product exports were supply chain components and that share increased by almost 50% over the past 15 years
  • Aerospace manufacturing was 2X as trade diverse as the manufacturing average in terms of goods exports[3]

Innovation and Skills

  • Canadian aerospace manufacturing was the number one R&D investor across manufacturing industries
  • The industry invested close to $1.8 billion annually into R&D which accounted for close to a quarter of total manufacturing R&D investments in Canada
  • Aerospace manufacturing was 7X as R&D intensive[4] as the manufacturing average


[1] ISED’s model estimates direct, indirect and induced employment and GDP impacts based on revised data from Statistics Canada (Business Registry and CANSIM), National Input-Output Multipliers (2014 adjusted to 2017 GDP and employment), Canada Revenue Agency, OECD and firm level observations, 2018

[2] Civil aircraft and engine production rankings based on final assembly production data from Forecast International and Teal Group, 2018; Flight simulation: Frost & Sullivan, Commercial Flight Training and Simulation Market, 2016

[3] Source: Trade Data Online (2017), 2018; Trade diversity is measured by exports share to non-U.S. countries

[4] R&D intensity is measured by R&D investment over GDP