Statement: Fixed Wing Search and Rescue to Drive Canadian Aerospace Industry Growth

December 20, 2016

Ottawa (Ontario), December 20, 2016 – Today the Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, was in St. John’s, Newfoundland to highlight the leadership role that PAL Aerospace will play in the maintenance of Canada’s new fleet of fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft.

Jim Quick, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), issued the following statement in response to the Minister’s speech:

Major military procurements present an excellent opportunity for the government of Canada to enhance our nation’s industrial capacity and capabilities. PAL Aerospace is responsible for the in-service support of Canada’s new fixed-wing search and rescue fleet. This procurement will allow PAL and its suppliers to expand their expertise and leverage that growth to reach new customers and markets around the world. This is good news for PAL Aerospace, its supply chain, and the Canadian aerospace industry as a whole. We congratulate PAL Aerospace and Airbus on this important achievement, and commend Minister Foote for her leadership on this file. We look forward to working with all parties to ensure that this procurement continues to deliver maximum benefit to Canadian companies, workers and communities in the years to come.

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About AIAC

AIAC is the national association representing Canada’s aerospace manufacturing and services sector.  As the world’s fifth-largest aerospace industry, Canada’s aerospace sector contributes over $28B to the economy in GDP, exports 80% of its output, and dedicates over 20% of its activity to research and development (R&D). Aerospace is responsible for the employment of 211,000 Canadians.

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Kristen VanderHoek
Director of Communications
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
613 232-4297 x225