Key Industries

Aerospace

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.

Vital Stats

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, allowing Winnipeg companies help meet the growing global demand for aircraft and aircraft parts.
  • Winnipeg’s aerospace industry directly employs a labour force of 4,400 highly skilled workers.
  • The aerospace sector in Manitoba generated $1.03 billion in GDP in 2017, with a compound annual growth rate of 3.8 per cent over the last five years.

  • Approximately one-half of aerospace companies are either headquartered or have major centres of operation in Winnipeg, including  Boeing Canada WinnipegStandardAeroMagellan AerospaceCormer Aerospace and Cadorath Aerospace.
  • Manitoba’s aerospace product and parts manufacturing exports amounted to $694 million in 2017.

  • GE Aviation continues to invest in Winnipeg with an upgrade that will see its 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 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.

Fast Facts

  • $1B

    Aerospace / Aviation Investment 

    (Winnipeg CMA)

  • 4400

    Skilled workers in direct industry

    (Winnipeg CMA, 2017)

  • 61

    Total number of business establishments

    (Winnipeg CMA, 2017)

  • $75M+

    Investment in GE's engine testing facility

    (Winnipeg CMA)

Sources: Statistics Canada (2016), Winnipeg Free Press (2016), Economic Development Winnipeg (2016)

Major Manufacturing Revenue Stats

  • $1.5B

    Production & Sales / Year

  • +15%

    Revenue Increase 

    2010-2016

  • $5B

    Product Exports over 10 Years

  • $700M

    Emerging Markets Exports

Source: Statistics Canada (2016/17) | All statistics refer to Manitoba

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