AIAC salutes the Government of Canada's commitment to job creation for the Montréal Aerospace Industry

Prime Minister Harper visits Héroux-Devtek, a world leader in the production of landing gear systems and one of the largest providers of aerostructures to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program

OTTAWA, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) today thanked Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his government's commitment to the creation of highly skilled and value-added jobs in Montréal's aerospace sector. 

Ranked fifth largest in the world, the aerospace Industry in Canada directly employs more than 80,000 Canadians from coast-to-coast and over 150,000 Canadians through indirect and induced employment, according to a comprehensive study concluded by Deloitte consulting last fall.  In addition, more than 45 per cent of direct aerospace jobs are located in the greater Montréal area which is home to the third largest aerospace industry cluster in the world.

"Our expertise makes us the envy of the world.  Moreover, the daily achievements of the women and men working in this sector are crucial to our world leadership in several sub-sectors throughout the aerospace value-chain," stated Dr. Claude Lajeunesse, President and CEO of the AIAC.  Mr. Lajeunesse went on to note, "we are also very pleased with the Prime Minister's recognition of the importance of our industry as a provider of high paying, knowledge economy and advanced manufacturing jobs, not only here in Montréal but all across Canada." 

Making the most of the government's decision to acquire 65 Joint Strike Fighters is critical to the future creation of high-quality aerospace jobs in the Montréal area. "The AIAC remains committed to realizing the benefits of this important procurement decision. Outstanding opportunities for Canadian industry are developing as we speak. We encourage all stakeholders, including Members of Parliament in the greater Montréal area, to work with the industry, so that together, we can make the most of those opportunities." concluded Dr Lajeunesse.

The AIAC is the national association representing Canada's aerospace manufacturing and services sector. As the world's fifth largest aerospace industry, Canada's aerospace sector generated over $22 billion and employed nearly 80,000 Canadians in 2009. Seventy-eight per cent of Canadian aerospace products were exported. AIAC represents the interests of 400 aerospace companies across Canada.

SOURCE Aerospace Industries Association of Canada

For further information:

Maryse Harvey,Vice-President Public Affairs, Aerospace Industries Association of Canada,

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