Exciting news for Manitoba, which has the third largest aerospace cluster in Canada: the Government of Canada has pledged $10 million for Manitoba’s aerospace sector, towards four projects that promote innovation, skill development, and industry growth.

Credit: Western Economic Diversification Canada

As per the official news release, the four project investments are detailed as follows:

  • Composites Innovation Centre: $1.8 million to establish a collaborative space at Red River College’s Smart Factory to develop, demonstrate, and validate new advanced aerospace composite products and processes.

  • Magellan Aerospace Limited: $5 million to introduce enhanced aerospace design, production, and technologies to the Manitoba aerospace industry, reinforcing Manitoba’s competitive advantage as a leader in the global aerospace supply chain.

  • West Canitest R&D Inc. (WestCaRD): $1.6 million to expand the range of engine testing capabilities of GE Aviation Test, Research and Development Centre, solidifying Winnipeg as the preferred location for testing of GE engines.

  • Composites Innovation Centre: $1.6 million to administer and deliver the Manitoba Aerospace Fund aimed at supporting product commercialization, process innovation, and business development activities of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the Manitoba aerospace sector.

The aim of these projects it to create high quality jobs, “introduce new product design capabilities and manufacturing technologies, facilitate the introduction of innovative composite manufacturing technologies, and expand engine testing capabilities.”

Photo by Alfonz Koncan

These outcomes are identified in the Technology Road Map which has guided the aerospace industry in Manitoba over the past several years.