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October 13, 2004
Aerospace Action Partnership sets ambitious targets for the future growth of the sector in the GTA
  
The Aerospace Action Partnership, a strategic initiative established in January
2004 to promote the health and growth of the aerospace industry in Toronto and
Ontario, held its inaugural meeting today. The Aerospace Action Partnership is
chaired by Councillor Maria Augimeri (Ward 9 York Centre).

The Aerospace Partnership's role is to build the profile and increase awareness
of the importance of the aerospace sector to Toronto, Ontario, and Canada. It
will advocate for the development of policies and programming to support the
sustainable growth of the industry, and provide strategic direction for the
development of the Toronto Region Aerospace Strategy.

"Our meeting was very productive," said Councillor Maria Augimeri. "The future
of aerospace is not just a Toronto issue. It is a regional issue. The fact that
we have representation from Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, Ajax, the federal
and provincial governments, academia, and the aerospace industry confirms the
importance of this sector and its future."

The Aerospace Action Partnership believes that the industry has significant
growth potential and set aggressive targets to be achieved over the next ten
years. By 2015 the industry aims to:
triple aircraft assembly; double mandates for systems integration; triple
engineered product firms; double the knowledge of workers engaged in life-long
learning; and increase revenues, jobs, and exports by at least 50 per cent.

The Ontario aerospace industry is concentrated in the Greater Toronto Area
(GTA). Industry statistics show GTA employment in the industry at 20,000 or 80
per cent of Ontario aerospace employment, and 25 per cent of Canadian aerospace
employment. Toronto Mayor David Miller said, "While maintaining our current
market position and employment base is important, it is not good enough. We
must establish a bold vision for the sector that will make us a world aerospace
leader."

The Aerospace Action Partnership is a public-private partnership between
Toronto Economic Development; Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and
Trade; the cities of Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, and town of Ajax; Industry
Canada; Canadian Autoworkers (CAW); International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers (IAMAW); academic institutions; and the Ontario aerospace
industry, working together through the Ontario Aerospace Council. Ontario
aerospace firms comprise a network of more than 350 companies.

Media contact:
Economic Development Culture and Tourism Media Hotline,
416-560-8726



 

 

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