Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative

The Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI) will help the Canadian aerospace sector emerge from the pandemic with the capacity to compete on the global stage.

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 The initiative will support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the following three objectives:

  1. to green their operations and adopt environmentally sustainable practices
  2. to improve productivity
  3. to strengthen commercialization while furthering integration into regional and global supply chains

With a total budget of $250 million over three years (until March 31, 2024), this initiative is being delivered by Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs). It complements support for the aerospace industry provided through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan and by Industry, Science and Economic Development (ISED) through the Strategic Innovation Fund.

Eligible applicants

Businesses operating in the aerospace industry, as well as the organizations that support them, are eligible to apply. This includes:

Indigenous applicants

Eligible activities

The following are examples of activities for each objective that will be supported by the initiative:

  1. The transition toward greener products and operations or environmentally sustainable practices, such as adoption and commercialization of clean-tech products and services or electrification to support a lower carbon footprint.
  2. The improvement of productivity, such as advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0, scale-up of high potential firms, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity or workforce and skills development.
  3. The commercialization and integration into supply chains such as integration of new start-ups and new technologies in key aspects of the value chain.

Priority will be given to projects that contribute to at least one of the following:

Financial support

Certain costs may be eligible on a retroactive basis up to 12 months before the receipt of a project application, but no earlier than April 19, 2021.

Submitting an application

Canada’s regional development agencies are now accepting applications on an ongoing basis until funding is fully committed.

Before submitting an application, please make sure to consult the applicant guide.

Once you are ready, please fill out the ARRI application form online, and then send us your form:

 You can find out more about the Government of Canada’s complete suite of COVID-19 relief support.

Contact us today!

To find out if the ARRI fits your needs, contact ACOA Business Information Services at 1-888-576-4444. The agents are well versed in existing funding options and can help you submit your project or find other available solutions.

Or reach out to us by email:

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Atlantic time)

Grants and Contributions Awarded

You can search past recipients of this program on the Open Government Portal site. Enter ”ARRI” in the search field for a list of recent contributions.

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