Toronto with its surrounding region has one of Canada’s top aerospace sectors, based on employment and economic contribution. With a workforce of 20,000 professionals focused on systems engineering, equipment production and integration, the sector adds more than $1B in annual wages to the region’s economy.
Distribution of Jobs in the Aerospace Sector
- Aerospace Product & Parts Manufacturing – 92.3%
- Support Activities for Air Transportation – 4.3%
- Guidance & Navigational Instruments Manufacturing – 3.4%
[Sector data is derived from a number of sources including the Labour Force Survey, 2006 Census, 2011 National Household Survey, Canadian Business Counts, and the City of Toronto’s Employment Survey. The methodology used to identify clusters and their sizes is based on methodology used by the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity in its 2017 Cluster Study.]
Aerospace Companies in Toronto
- Bombardier Aerospace
- L3 Communications
- Magellan Aerospace
- MDA Space Missions
- MHI Canada Aerospace
- Northstar Aerospace
- Pratt & Whitney Canada
- Safran Electronics Canada
- UTC Aerospace Systems
[While not comprehensive, the above list provides a snapshot of Toronto’s diverse Aerospace sector and some of the companies located here.]
Key Sector Assets
- Celestica Aerospace
Manufacturing services provider to the aerospace industry, including design, engineering, manufacture and after-sales support of applications.
- MaRS Innovation
Non-profit organization that acts on behalf its 15 members – including Toronto’s top universities, institutions, research institutes and the MaRS Discovery District – to bring the most promising research breakthroughs to market.
Network of partners from across Canada (startups, small-medium enterprises, large organizations and leading research institutions) that accelerates the commercialization of electronics products.
Entrepreneurial incubation program at University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies that promotes the creation of business startups.
- York Entrepreneruship Development Institute (YEDI)
Non-profit organization whose mission is to provide top-tier business education and mentorship to innovative entrepreneurs from any sector or industry.
Sector-specific Education & Training Programs
- Centennial College
- Ontario Manufacturing Learning Consortium
- Ryerson University
- University of Toronto
- York University
City of Toronto Support for the Sector
- Aerospace Campus Working Group
Supported by Toronto City Council, this partnership of key aerospace sector stakeholders is working to create a major hub for the Canadian industry at the Downsview Aerospace Campus in Toronto. Phase 1 of the project began with the construction of Centennial College’s new $72-milllion aerospace facility (scheduled to open September 2018). Future phases include the relocation of the University of Toronto’s Institute for Aerospace Studies, an innovation centre, and space for the industrial supply chain. See background information.