The aerospace sector plays a starring role in Canadian manufacturing. Its 700 firms directly and indirectly support more than 200,000 jobs and contribute $28 billion in GDP. The “State of Canada’s Aerospace Industry Report,” released in June 2017 by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, named aerospace as the top manufacturing investor in R&D. In 2016 it generated nearly 30 per cent of Canadian manufacturing R&D investment.
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