Video SpotlightGROW in WINNIPEG: Aerospace
Grow Higher: Skilled Workforce
Set your sights to soar in the largest aerospace centre in Western Canada—the third-biggest in the country—with a concentration of skilled labour that’s twice the national average. Accelerated growth in this sector is fuelled by competitive operating costs, R&D tax advantages, topflight expertise and enhanced productivity.
One of the world’s largest independent repair firms for small turbine engines is here. So is Canada’s largest aerospace composite manufacturing centre. From the restoration of vintage aircraft to satellite manufacturing and solid fuel rocket design, almost every component of the aerospace industry has landed in Winnipeg. Post-secondary education, including Canada’s first Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) apprenticeship program, produces highly specialized employees for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of all types of aircraft.
As a primary manufacturer or supplier, your company will grow to new heights in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg is the most cost-effective city for aerospace manufacturing among Western U.S. and Canadian cities. The city has experienced more than $800 million in aerospace- and aviation-related investment in recent years, with strong growth expected to continue in the future.
With this kind of investment, it’s not surprising that Manitoba’s aerospace sector has outperformed the Canadian sector in recent years. Revenues of Manitoba’s aerospace manufacturers increased by 83 per cent between 2005 and 2012. Comparatively, aerospace revenues in the Canadian market in 2012 remained similar to those in 2005.
Winnipeg's aerospace sector is competitive on a global level, producing world-class products for customers on six continents. Over the last 10 years, Winnipeg aerospace companies have shipped nearly $3 billion in product exports, including $400 million in exports to emerging markets where Winnipeg companies help meet the growing global demand for aircraft and aircraft parts.
- Winnipeg’s aerospace industry currently employs a labour force of 5,600 highly skilled workers, which has grown by 35 per cent between 2006 and 2011.
- More than 50 aerospace firms are either headquartered or have major centres of operation in Winnipeg, including Boeing Canada Winnipeg, StandardAero, Magellan Aerospace and Cormer Aerospace
- In 2012, GE Canada and StandardAero opened a new $50-million cold weather engine-testing facility in Winnipeg.
- Winnipeg’s aerospace companies produce and sell products and services valued in excess of $1.6 billion per year.
- Boeing’s production facility in Winnipeg has consistently been ranked #1 within Boeing for lean manufacturing.
- Winnipeg’s Centre for Aerospace Technology and Training is one just three such facilities on the continent.