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
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