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July 11, 2005
Ten-year aerospace strategy unveiled
  
Mayor David Miller, Councillor Maria Augimeri (Ward 9, York Centre) and other
members of government and leaders in the aerospace industry today launched
Flight Path: A Vision for the Future, a 10-year strategy for the Ontario
aerospace industry.

Key goals of the strategy include: promoting the health and growth of the
industry, leading the world with innovative, customer-focused products and
services, developing aerospace skills and knowledge, and creating a world-class
brand for the industry. Over the next 10 years the strategy includes tripling
Tier 1 aircraft assembly, doubling product lines for systems integration,
tripling engineered product firms, doubling knowledge workers engaged in
life-long learning, and increasing revenues, jobs and exports by at least 50%.
Key to realizing these objectives will be initiatives such as providing
incentives for investment, marketing the aerospace industry internationally,
developing a database for industry and investors, recruiting and training
skilled workers, and demonstrating the capabilities of the industry.

"With 20,000 employees in the Toronto region and over $6.5 billion in annual
revenues, the aerospace industry is vital to our economy," said Mayor Miller.
"Toronto led in the development of the strategy we announced today and we will
continue to work with the industry to accomplish the goals this plan outlines."

The Aerospace Action Partnership, established in January 2004, is chaired by
Councillor Augimeri and involves the City of Toronto Economic Development
Office, the cities of Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, and Ajax, the Canadian
Auto Workers, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace
Workers, and the Ontario Aerospace Council.

Since its establishment, the group has been developing a 10-year
Toronto/Ontario Aerospace Plan.

"We have been building airplanes in Downsview for over 75 years. The strategy
of the Aerospace Action Partnership ensures that we continue to build airplanes
for decades more," said Councillor Augimeri.

Buzz Hargrove, National President of the Canadian Auto Workers said "this
strategy is an extremely important initiative and is fully supported by our
union. It sets out a course of action over the next ten years which builds on
the technologically advanced, highly skilled Ontario aerospace workforce." Mr.
Hargrove also noted that "the strategy will go a long way towards securing the
future of this vital sector of the Ontario economy."

The Toronto Region is home to facilities of some the world’s leading aerospace
companies including: Boeing, Bombardier, Goodrich, Honeywell, MD Robotics,
Messier Dowty, Northrop Grumman, and Pratt & Whitney.

"Mississauga is proud of the strong contribution that the aerospace sector
makes to our community, our people, and our economy," said Mayor Hazel
McCallion. "With companies such as Pratt & Whitney, Honeywell, Magellan, Luxell
and Field Aviation and with the energy of the strategy that we have unveiled
today, I think we can look forward to a positive future."

Toronto area aerospace firms are global leaders in their market niches.
Ontario-built aircraft fly all over the globe, and Ontario-made systems and
equipment are a part of almost every major commercial, regional, business and
military aircraft program around the world.

"Ontario's aerospace industry, including Bombardier Aerospace in my riding of
York-Centre, is a critical part of our strong economy. The McGuinty government
is committed to supporting this industry and its highly-skilled workforce,"
said York-Centre MPP Monte Kwinter.

"This is a great day for Ontario aerospace," said Rod Jones, Executive Director
of the Ontario Aerospace Council. "All the sector stakeholders - industry
firms, labour organizations, academic and research institutions, and
governments at all three levels - have worked with great enthusiasm to develop
the strategy and the strategic initiatives unveiled today. Now the real work
begins. The positive comments from everyone make me tremendously confident that
Ontario aerospace has a very bright future."

For more information about the aerospace industry and Flight Path: A Vision for
the Future, a 10-year strategy for the aerospace industry in Ontario, please
visit: www.ontaero.org.


Media contacts:

Rob Berry
Sector and Strategic Partnerships
Economic Development
416-392-3387

Patchen Barss
Office of the Mayor
416-338-7134



 

 

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