MONTREAL, Jan. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - While the Official Opposition launches
a new television ad campaign that calls into question the Canadian
Government's decision to acquire 65 F-35 fighter jets for the Canadian
Forces, Aéro Montréal reiterates the importance of the F-35 program for
Québec's aerospace cluster and supports the acquisition of this 5th
generation of Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) jets by the federal
government. This unprecedented program - based on a partnership among
nine nations, of which Canada has been a member since 1997 - will
generate significant economic benefits and create wealth for Canada and
"The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft is a key program in which our
industry is heavily involved," says Suzanne M. Benoît, CEO of Aéro
Montréal. "The JSF program opens unprecedented opportunities for
Canadian companies. We will be able to secure a place among first and
second tier suppliers in the global supply chain, generating benefits
and jobs for the next 30 years."
"Québec has a substantial and world-class industrial capacity and is the
main centre for Canada's aerospace industry," concludes Ms. Benoît.
"Québec companies are well equipped to compete for lucrative contracts
and want the chance to do so. The 24 months window of opportunity is
open and we must position ourselves to become part of this supply chain
Currently, over 85 Canadian companies have recognized prospects under
the JSF program, and 60 of these companies have already signed
contracts. These figures should increase between now and the start of
full JSF production in 2015. Opportunities should benefit small, medium
and large companies across Canada and Québec.
However, to maximize the benefits of this decision for the industry, we
need a stable environment. That's why Aéro Montréal supports the
federal government's decision to proceed with the purchase of F-35
Joint Strike Fighter jets. By working together, we can protect and
create thousands of high-quality and well paid jobs that will be
available for future generations.
Québec's aerospace industry at a glance
Recognized for its highly skilled and innovative labour force, Québec's
aerospace sector today employs 40 000 people and generates revenues of
$12.4 billion, or around 60% of the Canadian total. With 98% of
Québec's aerospace activity concentrated in Greater Montréal, the
region is one of the world's leading aerospace centres, along with
Seattle and Toulouse.
Québec's aerospace industry benefits from the presence of global
leaders. These include 4 major prime contractors and some 15 equipment
manufacturers and MROs supported by a network of more than 200 small
and medium size companies. Moreover, Québec is home to Canada's largest
aerospace centres of excellence and most prestigious technical
institutes, schools, colleges and universities. Thanks to this
exceptional innovation capacity, our industrial sector is recognized
around the world as a true model of excellence.
About Aéro Montréal
Aéro Montréal, Québec's aerospace cluster, is a strategic think tank
that brings together all the major decision makers in Québec's
aerospace sector, including companies, educational and research
institutions, associations and unions.
Aéro Montréal's mission is to mobilize industry players around common
goals and focused actions to increase cohesion and optimize
competitiveness. By fostering the growth and expansion of the aerospace
cluster, it intends to make this industry an increasingly important
source of wealth creation for the Montréal region, Québec and Canada.
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