Canada is a world leader in regional jets, business jets and commercial helicopters.
Aerospace sector in Canada
Canada is a major player in the world aerospace sector, ranking 5th globally. It is a world leader in regional
jets, business jets and commercial helicopters. Canada is one of partners in the International Space Station
Worth $22.4B (revenues in 2011), Canada’s aerospace sector has more than 400 aerospace
manufacturing and service companies across the country. The sector employs a highly skilled
workforce of about 87,000 people. Civil revenues of $17.25B in 2009 (77%), compared to
military sales of $5.1B (23%).
Canada is a world leader in market segments such as regional aircraft, flight simulators, small
gas engines, robotics and satellite technologies, communications, aircraft maintenance, repair
and overhaul, composite materials and landing gear systems. Nearly 75% of its output is
exported, with two-thirds going to the US. Canada’s aerospace market has experienced one of
the world’s fastest growths during the last few years.
The Canadian industry’s geographical location allows Canadian companies greater access to the
US. The ability to penetrate this aerospace market could be a further benefit to any UK company
seeking to do business in Canada or the US.
Bombardier is a global leader in the regional and business aircraft market. OEMs and Tier 1
suppliers, such as Bell Helicopter, Boeing, CAE, GE Canada, General Dynamics, Goodrich,
Heroux Devtek, Lockheed Martin, Macdonald Dettwiler, Magellan, Pratt & Whitney, and Rolls
Royce, all have operations in Canada.
The aerospace sector in Canada is mature and UK companies will face significant competition
from a well-established supply chain.
ξ Sustainable aviation.
ξ Fuel efficient engines with less noise and lower emissions.
ξ Renewable energy,
ξ Composites/lightweight materials
ξ Modelling and simulation including 3D imaging.
ξ Structural integration (metallic and composites).
ξ Electrical, hydraulic, air conditioning and pressurization, primary and secondary flight
control, braking, fuel management and other systems.
ξ Canada has a growing and global MRO sector, with hubs in Manitoba and Quebec.
Potential for UK companies to supply to this sub-sector.
Latest export opportunities – Aerospace
Latest export opportunities - Canada
Getting into the market
Various routes are available to the British company looking to gain access to the Canadian
ξ Establishing a local presence.
ξ In-market representation through intermediaries like distributors and manufacturers’
ξ Supplying directly to customers/end-users.
ξ Partnerships/strategic alliances.
ξ Leveraging existing UK relationships with links into the Canadian market.
More about doing business in Canada
Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke
market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market
Introduction Service (OMIS).
To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists
in country - or contact your local international trade team.
ξ Helen Hemmingsen, Trade Officer, British Consulate General (Toronto): 416 593 1290
(x2242) or email: email@example.com
Contact your local international trade team
UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to
overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.
Latest events - Aerospace
Latest events - Canada
Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC) General Meeting
November 2012 (tbc)
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC): Canadian Aerospace Summit
5-6 December 2012
23-25 April 2013
More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters