Government of Canada supports sustainable economic growth of Ontario’s aerospace sector
Government of Canada investment of over $11 million helps four aerospace businesses and organizations to green operations, increase manufacturing capacity and support over 180 jobs
March 14, 2023 – Burlington, Ontario
Employing thousands of highly qualified workers in every region across the country, the aerospace sector is a pillar of the economy and a driver of innovation in Canada. With products on virtually every passenger aircraft in the world, Ontario is home to world-class aerospace manufacturers. The Government of Canada is investing in aerospace businesses and the organizations that support them to help them grow, create jobs and contribute to future economic growth in a more sustainable way.
Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), along with Pam Damoff, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Oakville North–Burlington; and James Maloney, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke–Lakeshore, announced a total investment of over $11 million, through the Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI), for three businesses and one organization in southern Ontario’s aerospace sector. The recipients of this funding are: RAMPF Composite Solutions Inc. (RAMPF), Nanowave Technologies Inc., NWI Precision Tube ULC and Women in Aerospace - Canada (WIA – Canada). These projects will increase manufacturing capacity and productivity, green operations, provide professional skills development and support over 180 jobs across southern Ontario’s aerospace sector.
This investment includes a contribution of nearly $2.3 million for RAMPF, a Burlington-based manufacturer for the aerospace, defence, consumer products and medical sectors. With this investment, RAMPF will purchase new equipment to reduce waste and increase processing speed, green its operations by reducing energy consumption, expand into new markets, such as urban air mobility, unmanned aerial vehicles and electric aircraft, increase revenue and create 15 new jobs in Burlington.
In Hamilton, WIA – Canada, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding women’s visibility in the aerospace sector, is receiving a contribution of over $330,000 to develop and deliver the Advancing Women in Aerospace Leadership Program. This program will provide professional development, training and mentorship programs at no cost for 150 women currently in the aerospace sector or women looking to transition into the sector to improve their leadership skills with the goal of having more women in leadership roles across the aerospace sector.
For more information on the four projects, see the backgrounder.
“The aerospace sector here in Burlington and across the region is growing. Businesses are improving their productivity so they can become regional and global leaders and supply their products across the world. Our government knows that when we invest in businesses, they can continue to compete globally, create jobs, and contribute to a strong economy right here in Canada.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
“Today’s investment for RAMPF Composite Solutions Inc. is great news for Burlington and Canada’s aerospace sector. The project will allow the company to expand into new markets, green its operations and create 15 jobs locally.”
– Pam Damoff, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Oakville North–Burlington
“We are very grateful to FedDev Ontario for this investment in the future of our company and our world-class employee. By investing in automation and digitization, we will position RAMPF Composite Solutions to win new business as airframe manufacturers, increase production rates and look to develop new aerospace solutions that take advantage of lightweight composites while reducing our environmental footprint.”
– Larry Fitzgerald, CEO, RAMPF Composite Solutions Inc.
“Aerospace Canada has the benefit of so many talented women in the industry, however, women continue to be significantly underrepresented in the industry, especially at leadership levels. To continue to be at the forefront of the industry to compete internationally, we need to increase levels of diversity to ensure we have the talent to continue to innovate. We are incredibly grateful that FedDev Ontario recognizes the criticality of supporting underrepresented groups in aerospace and is providing Women In Aerospace – Canada with the funding to continue to develop women to be successful in our industry.”
– Nancy Barber, President, Women in Aerospace – Canada
Ontario’s aerospace industry has over 200 firms, employs more than 44,000 workers and is responsible for more than $6 billion in revenues.
With over 30 years of experience, Nanowave Technologies Inc. designs and manufactures electronic components and systems for high-reliability radio frequency (RF), power conditioning, control, and monitoring for the space, aerospace, defence, communications and medical electronics markets.
Established in 1948, NWI Precision Tube, ULC is a specialty manufacturer of turbine engine shafts, helicopter masts, turbine engine thrust links, nuclear pressure vessel containment systems and other industrial products for the aerospace, defense and nuclear industries.
Formed in 2016, RAMPF Composites Solutions Inc. is a vertically integrated company with expertise in manufacturing of carbon fiber and fiberglass composites parts for the aerospace, defence and medical industries.
Women in Aerospace - Canada is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding women’s visibility in the aerospace sector, improving opportunities for leadership, and furthering professional development in Canada and across the globe. The organization’s board is comprised of female leaders from Canadian aerospace companies, such as De Havilland and Pratt and Whitney Canada.
Delivered by Canada’s regional development agencies, the Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI) is part of a Government of Canada strategy that includes measures being implemented by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to boost the aerospace industry. With a national budget of $250 million over three years, FedDev Ontario is delivering $67.5 million in support in southern Ontario.
Since 2015, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has invested nearly $160 million in nearly 35 aerospace projects across southern Ontario, creating over 900 jobs and maintaining over 1,000 jobs.
Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
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