Set your sights to soar in the largest aerospace centre in Western Canada—the third-biggest in the country. Accelerated growth in this sector is fueled by competitive operating costs, R&D tax advantages, topflight expertise and enhanced productivity.
Winnipeg is home to the GE Aviation Engine Testing, Research and Development Centre, the company’s primary facility that performs cold weather and icing certification tests, executes all-weather development testing for engines, and creates other tests and equipment for GE Aviation’s aircraft engines. One of the world’s largest independent repair firms for small turbine engines is also 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 educational opportunities, including Canada’s first aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) apprenticeship program, produce 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 major Canadian and U.S. cities. The city has experienced more than $900 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 15 per cent annually since 2010. Comparatively, aerospace revenues in the Canadian market increased by 7.5 per cent.
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 $5 billion in product exports, including $700 million in exports to emerging markets where Winnipeg companies help meet the growing global demand for aircraft and aircraft parts.
Some more statistics:
- Winnipeg’s aerospace industry directly employs a labour force of 4,500 highly skilled workers.
- More than 60 aerospace firms are either headquartered or have major centres of operation in Winnipeg, including Boeing Canada Winnipeg, StandardAero, Magellan Aerospace, Cormer Aerospace and Cadorath Aerospace.
- GE Aviation continues to invest in Winnipeg with an upgrade that will see it’s engine testing expand to hold and test bigger engines. This includes the advanced GE9X, which is currently under development and is to be used on Boeing’s 777X planes.
- Winnipeg’s aerospace companies produce and sell products and services valued in excess of $1.7 billion per year.
- Winnipeg’s Centre for Aerospace Technology and Training is one just three such facilities on the continent and is expanding with a new Smart Factory – a facility that will give companies access to state-of-the-art equipment, instructors, researchers, and students to prepare their own technologies for their operations.
Skilled workers in direct industry
Major Aerospace Companies
Facility Investment in GE's engine testing facility
Aerospace / Aviation Investment (Winnipeg CMA)
Sources: Statistics Canada (2016), Winnipeg Free Press (2016), Economic Development Winnipeg (2016)
Major Manufacturing Revenue Stats
Production & Sales / Year
Product Exports over 10 Years
Emerging Markets Exports
Source: Statistics Canada (2016) | All statistics refer to Manitoba