Boeing Canada Reaffirms Support for Growing Canadian Aerospace Industry
Ottawa, Ontario, March 23, 2021 - Representatives of Boeing Canada reaffirmed support for growing the Canadian aerospace industry in front of the House of Commons of Canada’s Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.
Boeing Canada was one of several organizations invited to participate in the study and provide testimony. Sir Michael Arthur, president, Boeing International, Charles “Duff” Sullivan, managing director, Boeing Canada and William Lyons, director, Global Research & Development Strategy, represented Boeing Canada.
In his opening remarks, Arthur recognized the challenges facing and also opportunities ahead for the commercial aerospace industry.
“Prior to the pandemic more than 620 commercial flights occurred daily across Canada on Boeing airplanes,” stated Arthur. “The demand for more fuel efficient, next generation airplanes is expected to resume in the near future. With that recovery, economic activity and growth will flow through Boeing’s more than 500 Canadian suppliers, so when you buy Boeing, you’re buying Canadian.”
Boeing Canada employs approximately 1,500 people and supplies composite parts for all current Boeing commercial airplane models, in addition to supporting Canadian airlines and the Canadian Armed Forces with products and services. Canada is also home to one of Boeing’s largest international supply chains.
Arthur shared how Boeing’s investments in research and development and increased commercial airplane production rates will create and sustain aerospace jobs in Canada. The Boeing F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet is competing for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Future Fighter Capability Project and, if selected, offers further growth opportunities.
According to a study by economists at the Ottawa-based Doyletech Corp, Boeing and its Canadian aerospace partners could deliver over C$61 billion and 250,000 jobs to the Canadian economy over the life of the program, added Arthur.