Canada has the world’s fifth largest aerospace market. In 2011, Canada generated roughly $22 billion in revenues.
Aerospace and Aviation
A Top Export Prospect for Canada
Canada has the world’s fifth largest aerospace market. In 2011, Canada generated roughly
$22 billion in revenues, over 80% of which were from Quebec and Ontario. Canada is home to
large OEMS such as Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Rolls Royce Canada, Bell Helicopter
Textron Canada, Boeing Canada, CAE and L-3. Approximately 83 percent of the industry is in
civil aircraft manufacturing, while 17 percent is in military aircraft manufacturing. Over 80%
of production is exported; over 50% of imports are from the United States.
Sub-Sector Best Prospects
• Civil and military aircraft, and aircraft parts
• Aircraft engines and engine parts
• Avionics and instrumentation
• Aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul
• Air defense and combat technology
• Air surveillance systems
• Simulation software
• Bombardier Platforms: CSeries, Challenger 7000/8000, Learjet 85 (over $4 billion).
• Bell Helicopter Textron Platforms: Bell 427 and Bell 429 Helicopters.
• Boeing Platforms: Dreamliner 787, Chinook (over $1 billion).
• LM F-35 in Canada: approximately $9 billion in contracts over the next 20 years.
Major upcoming events/trade shows supported by CS Canada in this sector:
• DEFSEC Atlantic 2012: September 5-7, 2012, Halifax, Nova Scotia
• Helicopter Association Convention & Trade Show: March 16-18, 2012, Ottawa, Ontario
• Canadian Aviation Expo: May 5-6, 2012, Mount Hope, Ontario
• CANSEC: May 30-31, 2012, Ottawa, Ontario
• Canadian Business Aviation Convention & Exhibit: June 13-14, 2012, Toronto, Ontario
• Air Transport Association of Canada Convention & Trade Show: November 13-16, 2012,
Vancouver, British Columbia
• AIAC Canada Aerospace Summit: December 5-6, 2012, Ottawa, Ontario
Top US port n iat 2 Ex Prospects i Canada 2012: Aerospace and Av ion
• Aerospace & Defense Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
• Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
• Aero Montreal
• Air Transport Association of Canada
• Canadian Association of Defense and Security Industries
• Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec
• Manitoba Aerospace Association
• Ontario Aerospace Council
For More Information
Please contact Gina Rebelo Bento, Commercial Specialist for the aerospace industry at the U.S. Commercial
Service in Canada at Gina.Bento@trade.gov or (514) 398-9695 ext. 2220. You can also visit our website at
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