Ontario Leads Top Delegation at Virtual Farnborough Air Show

Published on July 21, 2020

Province showcases home grown aerospace sector and advanced manufacturing


News Release

Toronto — The Ontario government is showcasing the province's world leading aerospace sector and innovative advanced manufacturing at FIA Connect: A Virtual Farnborough International Airshow hosted from the U.K. from July 20 to 24, 2020. Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade will be leading an online delegation of 34 companies to promote the province's strengths in aerospace technology and its advantages as a safe haven for investment, innovation, and stability in North America. The Minister will also be delivering a keynote presentation to the France Canada Chamber of Commerce highlighting Ontario's plan for economic recovery.

"Ontario's aerospace sector is part of the global supply chain for virtually every passenger aircraft in the word, and directly employs more than 25,000 people across more than 200 companies," said Minister Fedeli. "With experience in R&D, pioneering technologies, and expert international collaboration, our aerospace sector and its broader manufacturing industry will be front and centre as we implement our made-in-Ontario plan for renewal, growth and economic recovery."

Among the industry's foremost annual events, the Farnborough International Air Show is transitioning to a digital format this year due to COVID-19. Ontario companies will connect with potential customers from around the world via digital business-to-business meetings, workshops and webinars, to promote Ontario's key strengths in aircraft final assembly, avionics, aerostructures and landing gear, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), engines, and satellites/spacecraft.

The Ontario government will continue to promote the innovations of the Ontario advanced manufacturing sector through its support for the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters' Ontario Made program. As the province reopens and continues down the path to economic recovery, the government believes it is more important than ever to support and promote Ontario's world-class manufacturing sector and its workers.

"Our government has made it faster, easier, and more cost-effective to do business in the province, which will position us to succeed and bring jobs to Ontario as the global economy recovers," said Minister Fedeli. "This is the ideal time to highlight Ontario's skilled workforce, climate of innovation, welcoming immigration system, and streamlined business environment to investors around the world."

Quick Facts

  • Global aerospace companies with operations in Ontario include Airbus, Bombardier, Precision Castparts Corp., Honeywell, Raytheon Technologies, L3 Harris, Leonardo, Safran, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and MDA.
  • Ontario colleges and universities offer more than 40 degree and diploma programs in applied aerospace, aviation and space disciplines.
  • The Ontario government is working with exporters so they can continue to reach new customers through virtual means in a post-COVID world. In June, the province also led successful virtual delegations to Collision from Home, a global technology conference, and the BIO Digital global life sciences event.
  • Ontario is creating a new investment attraction agency, Invest Ontario, to support strategic domestic firms and attract business from around the world to create good jobs.

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