On the Aerospace Industry

Published on September 21, 2020

MPP Anand's thirty-first Members' Statement was on the topic of "the Aerospace Industry", delivered on 21 September 2020.

See full transcript below:

"Mr. Speaker, due to my background in engineering, I’m always fascinated with manufacturing facilities. Last week, I had the opportunity to visit and congratulate Paul Chana and Avion Technologies in my riding of Mississauga–Malton for completing 25 years. Avion, which means “airplane” in Spanish, is a leading supplier of high-quality gears and precision components for the aerospace and defence industry, and an excellent example of the strong potential and impact of the aerospace industry on Ontario’s economy.

Ontario is the home of many global aerospace success stories, from Bombardier’s global series of business jets to the Dash 8 series of turboprop commercial aircraft—Diamond Aircraft, Canadarm2 and Dextre are some examples. Some 93% of aerospace manufacturers are, in fact, exporters. Ontario is also a world-renowned cluster for landing gear. Three out of four companies that make complete landing gear systems across the globe for commercial aircraft are here in Ontario. In 2018 alone, the aerospace industry contributed $13 billion and 89,500 jobs in the Canadian economy.

As we all know, during COVID-19, with the decrease in air travel demand, the aerospace industry has been hit drastically and needed to retool themselves. Through this statement, I’d like to ensure aerospace companies that your government is here to work with you and support you through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant. It provides $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.

Finally, I’d like to say thank you, aerospace companies in Mississauga–Malton, for your contribution to the growth of our community."