Québec is a major player in the aeronautic and airline industry in Canada. In the past, this region has also been a great driving force of the conquest of air and space.
The industry overview…
Nowadays, 98% of Québec’s aerospace activity is concentrated in the region of the Greater Montreal and its surroundings, ultimately making it an important area for the development of this sector. Furthermore, it is also one of the largest aerospace centers in the world, one of the same caliber as Seattle (USA) and Toulouse (France). Montreal is also the city where the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) is based at.
Moreover, the Greater Montreal area is a prime target for people seeking a job in the aeronautic industry. Many people have a job related to this sector, although without it being in direct relation to it.
Some figures of the sector:
- Over 215 companies and a network of approximately 190 SME (small and medium-sized companies);
- Close to 45k workers;
- The city of Montreal is the second worldwide main city in terms of density of the jobs in the aerospace sector (1 out of 96 people has a job related to this sector);
- 12 billion dollars of sales revenue of which 80% come from the exportation;
- Ranked 5th in the world in aerospace, behind the USA, France, Germany, United-Kingdom and Japan;
- 55% of the Canadian sales in aerospace are made in Québec;
- 50% of sector’s Canadian manpower is located in Québec;
- 70% of total Canadian Research & Development expenses are made in Québec;
Who’s recruiting in aeronautic?
The Quebecoise aeronautic and aerospace industry disposes of several institutions likely to recruit on the long and short basis.
- The different manufacturers: Bell Helicopter, Textron Canada, Pratt & Whitney, CAE Inc.
- Integrators equipment
- Sub-providers and providers of specialized products;
- Research & Development department (System engineers, material or software development);
- Aeronautical companies’ customers services;
- Jobs in production
The challenges of the sector for the upcoming years
First of all, the sector is expected to face growths such as that of the market, the air traffic, the fleet renewal and new airports (3.4 billion air travelers in 2014 and 6.7 billion are expected by 2032, as well as a doubled number of aircrafts in function). This implies reviewing the production of aircraft and airport development in order to accommodate all passengers, whilst maximizing security.
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