Aerospace Industries

Thunder Bay is the Northern Hub of Ontario’s Aerospace Industry with companies involved in aviation manufacturing, maintenance, transportation and software development. An abundance of local expertise with a strong knowledge base, built over many years, exists to fully support the aerospace sector.

Why Thunder Bay

The City of Thunder Bay, along with the Thunder Bay International Airport, are service hubs for northern communities and the mining sector and an economic engine for the community, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in local economic activity while providing one of the largest employment generators in the region.

The Airport has evolved into an indispensable piece of transportation infrastructure for Thunder Bay, linking the City and its northwest Ontario catchment area to centres of national and international commerce.

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International Airport

The Thunder Bay International Airport is an economic engine for the community, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in local economic activity while providing one of the largest employment generators in the region.

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Air Ambulance
Ornge operates a super base with both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft, as well as ground school training for pilots.

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Local Expertise,
Global Market
Aircraft used are right-sized and adapted to local and international markets.

Industry Diversification
Including: scheduled air transportation, ground handling & fueling, aircraft sales & management, air cargo, air charter, air ambulance, aircraft maintenance, flight training, parts & components supplies, and aerial work.

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Development Charges
Thunder Bay offers competitive land costs, construction costs, and zero development charges, making it an ideal location for expansion and new construction. The City also has large amounts of land zoned for development.

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Skilled Labour Force

Confederation College's New TEC
Hub facility supports engineering and aerospace manufacturing programs, contributing to the development of a skilled, employment ready workforce for the aerospace product parts manufacturing and aircraft maintenance sector.

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Ontario Advantage

The Ontario aerospace market is comprised of over 350 companies, employing over 22,000 skilled workers including highly qualified engineers, technicians and scientists. Ontario is home to over half of the world's top 25 aerospace companies.

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Ontario's aerospace sector provides a complete supply chain for business with most of aerospace products and services being manufactured and offered directly within the province, including OEMs through Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers.

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Ontario's aerospace industry is a world leader in several areas, including turboprop aircraft, business jets, turbine engines, landing gear systems, avionics, environmental systems and space robotics, generating $6.4 billion in annual sales.

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Incentives / Funding Programs

Ontario accounts for over 30% ($500 million) of all aerospace R&D in Canada. The province is also home to a number of potential partners that can support R&D, prototyping and testing and evaluation of new products and technologies. Please visit our website gotothunderbay.ca/aerospace for a full list of funding programs.

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For additional information please contact the Development Officer at (807) 625-3960 or visit our Contact Us page.

Contact(s)

Video Resources

Downloadable Files

Areospace Industries Report

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Advanced Manufacturing Report

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Aviation Profile

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Manufacturing Ontario North

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For additional information please contact the Development Officer at (807) 625-3960 or visit our Contact Us page.