Ottawa, Ontario (AIAC PR) – The Aerospace Industries of Canada (AIAC) welcomes a report submitted today by Tom Jenkins, Special Advisor to the Minister of PWGSC on leveraging Defence Procurement through Key Industrial Capabilities.
“This report represents an important step in the Government’s efforts to ensure that Canada fully leverages defence procurement,” said Jim Quick, President & CEO of AIAC.
Following an initial review, Mr. Quick said the report, entitled Canada First: Leveraging Defence Procurement through Key Industrial Capabilities, contains several positive elements that AIAC committees will study in greater depth in the coming weeks.
Among its highlights the report says that Training Systems and the In-Service Support industry should be recognized as Key Industrial Capabilities (KIC), says Mr. Quick, noting this could be very beneficial given Canada’s world renowned leadership in aerospace Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul as well as in Simulation and Training services and technologies. In addition and as outlined in the Emerson report, Space technologies have a critical role to play in Arctic and Maritime security.
“We are also pleased that the recommendations overall are compatible with the Emerson Report,” said Mr. Quick, referring to the recently released landmark review of Canada’s aerospace industry undertaken by former senior federal minister David Emerson, which included sweeping recommendations to improve Canada’s global aerospace competitiveness.
AIAC has long advocated for government policies including public procurement to help drive aerospace technology and innovation, factors that help the industry generate some $22 billion in revenue annually for Canada’s economy and high quality jobs across the nation.
“The Canadian aerospace Industry applauds Mr. Jenkins sense of urgency and recommendations to help ensure Canada’s aerospace competitiveness and Canada’s future prosperity,” said Mr. Quick. “We trust that Budget 2013 will contain measures to ensure that both the Emerson’s and Jenkins’ reports’ recommendations are acted upon. We salute Minister Ambrose and the Harper Government’s efforts to ensure that this industry’s long-term health and ability to benefit Canadians.”
AIAC is the national association representing Canada’s aerospace manufacturing and services sector. Canada’s aerospace sector generates more than $22 billion, exports 80% of its output, and dedicates over 20% of its activity to research and development (R&D). Aerospace is responsible for the employment of 160,000 Canadians.