Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI) in the Prairie provinces

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Are you an organization in the aerospace sector that is exploring opportunities to expand? To improve your productivity, green operations, strengthen supply chains or train more people for the aerospace sector? Are you all about inclusivity and building a stronger Canada? Do you need more resources to accelerate your growth goals?

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. The Initiative will support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the following 3 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 3 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

Indigenous businesses and organizations are invited to apply through the process described below. Under the initiative, Indigenous applicants may receive funding that exceeds the thresholds outlined in the Assistance available section below.

Assistance available

Eligible activities

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

  1. the transition towards 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 of innovative products and services
  4. the integration of new start-ups and new technologies in key aspects of the value chain
  5. targeted support for specific groups in the economy, including women, Indigenous peoples, youth, and visible minorities, to promote a greater level of inclusion by addressing  barriers
  6. workforce development to help SMEs address labour and skills shortages (e.g., indirect support via not-for-profits offering business counselling/support services or directly to SMEs for training, upskilling or hiring activities) in respect of regional and provincial jurisdictions
  7. technical assistance for the adoption of technologies and management efficient practices best adapted to a SME’s specific needs
  8. capital investments up to $10 million to bridge the gap with ISED’s Strategic Infrastructure Fund (SIF), and support more transformational projects and high profile emerging and expanding SMEs in the pre-SIF phase
  9. strategic application of procurement tools, such as Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy, to leverage support to SMEs and new technologies

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

Eligible costs

Costs must be incremental and essential to the project. Examples include:

Ineligible costs

These are costs that are deemed unreasonable, non-incremental and/or not directly related to project activities. For example:

Assessment process

Applications will be evaluated on their ability to achieve the program objectives and on their relative strengths. Only the strongest applications will be funded.

The evaluation considers the following areas:

Confirmation of funding

Applicants must provide confirmation of the balance of funding at the time of application.

Examples of confirmed funding include:

The following will not be accepted as confirmed funding:

Submitting an application

Canada's regional development agencies are now accepting applications on an ongoing basis until funding is fully committed. For more information on this initiative, please contact us at 1-888-338-9378.

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