TORONTO, Oct. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Centennial College will receive up to $26
million from the Ontario government to relocate its aviation programs
to the former de Havilland aircraft manufacturing centre at Downsview
Park. The investment is seen as the first step towards creating an
aerospace training and research hub for the development of new
technologies in Ontario.
The former de Havilland plant will be renovated to provide new
classroom, workshop and hangar space, and will house an innovation and
research working group that brings together industry leaders and
academic partners, including University of Toronto Institute for
Aerospace Studies, Ryerson University, York University, Bombardier,
Pratt & Whitney Canada, Honeywell, UTC Aerospace Systems, MDA
Corporation and Sumitomo Precision Products Canada Aircraft, Inc.
Centennial College currently trains about 300 aircraft technicians and
avionics technicians annually at its Ashtonbee Campus hangar in
Scarborough. The move to Downsview will provide a much larger teaching
space with access to working runways. Enrolment is expected to grow to
more than 900 students. Program graduates are in demand across Canada
and around the world.
In his 2012 review of the Canadian aerospace industry, the Hon. David
Emerson identified a need for an aerospace training and research hub in
Ontario to maintain Canada's fifth-place ranking in the industry.
Globalization, competition from emerging economies and a diminishing
skilled workforce are looming challenges. There are also opportunities:
some $3.2 trillion in new commercial aircraft and $661 billion in
business aircraft will be ordered over the next 20 years worldwide as
operators look for more efficient and environmentally sustainable
aircraft to update their fleets.
The Downsview Aerospace Cluster for Innovation and Research (DAIR),
which involves Ontario's best educational institutions and aerospace
technology leaders, has an ambitious plan to recast the former military
airbase as a global aerospace hub that would function as an innovation
incubator and attract new investment.
The partners are motivated to develop new technologies through research
and innovation, aid in workforce training and skills development, and
participate in supply-chain development geared to small and medium
enterprises (SMEs). Already, Bombardier has selected Centennial College
as its trainer of choice, helping to prepare its existing and future
workforce with new skills required in the assembly and maintenance of
SOURCE: Centennial College
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