Canada has been a customer, a supplier and a partner to Boeing in both the defense and commercial sectors since 1919. Today, more than 97 years later, Boeing is able to leverage the expertise of Canadian companies of all sizes, and from all regions, through its industrial engagement programs in support of both its commercial and defense platforms, leading to greater economic benefit in Canada and opportunities for future collaboration across the enterprise. Under the Government of Canada’s Industrial and Regional Benefits program, and the current Industrial and Technological Benefits program, Boeing has successfully completed more than US$6.7 billion of projects in Canada with another $2.9 billion in high-value programs currently under way. Plans to meet or exceed Boeing’s remaining commitments are currently in place and will involve 100 percent Canadian Content Value for all current and future procurements, value proposition elements, regional diversity, small-medium business growth, in-service support in Canada, innovation and technology collaboration, and export assistance.
Doyletech, a Canadian strategic management consultancy, released results of a Boeing-commissioned study that examined Boeing’s contribution to the Canadian economy. The study’s findings show that Boeing contributes more than CAD$4 billion annually to Canada’s economic growth and development, amounting to nearly 14 percent of Canada’s total aerospace industry.
The analysis also found that Boeing’s spending in Canada has grown at an average annual rate of nearly eight percent, four times as much as the Canadian economy’s growth rate, and that Boeing will contribute more than US$10 million this year toward the Canadian government’s objectives in science, technology, economic evolution and growth at the province level.
Read more about the Doyletech study findings here.
Canada is home to one of the largest international supplier bases for Boeing – including more than 560 suppliers spanning every region of the country. Our diverse supply base and the expanse of our footprint show that Boeing recognizes the strength in the knowledge and technology capabilities of Canadian industry, and our industrial engagement plans leverage that expertise in ways that bring best of Boeing to Canadian industry and the best of our partners in Canada to Boeing.
The opportunities available to our Canadian industrial partners are not limited to those provided by Boeing. Boeing leads the Super Hornet Industry Partners, a group comprised of 14 of the world’s leading aerospace companies.
On August 11, 2016, Boeing Vancouver announced the opening of its new laboratory focused on analytics-driven software solutions. The Vancouver Labs will be focused on rapidly conceiving of, building and scaling solutions that help airlines and other aircraft operators increase efficiencies and drive costs out of their businesses. The Vancouver Labs complement the company’s facilities in Richmond, B.C., which today employ more than 200 highly skilled software engineers and data scientists.
The Vancouver Labs will work to deliver innovative solutions to Boeing’s global customer base at an accelerated pace. Boeing Vancouver’s new labs will create new jobs, while facilitating local knowledge transfer and enhancing partnerships between Boeing, other technology companies and academic institutions across Canada.
Additionally, Boeing’s total economic impact in British Columbia is approximately CAD$163 million with nearly 879 jobs resulting from direct, or in-direct work with the company according to the recently released Doyletech economic impact study.
In June 2016, Boeing awarded a US$500,000 grant to the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) in support of the on-going skills development of, and educational opportunities for, the next generation Aboriginal workforce.
In addition to its most recent donation, Boeing was an initial contributor to the Saskatchewan Aviation Learning Center (SALC) in Saskatoon, and continues to provide support today. The SALC is the primary location of the SIIT aircraft maintenance engineering program, which gives students the ability to develop knowledge and skills required to complete the training necessary to be eligible to apply as licensed apprentices in the aircraft maintenance industry. In 2015, Boeing announced support for information technology infrastructure improvements at SIIT that included a new network structure, unified communications, and up-to-date hardware.
In Winnipeg, Boeing operates the third largest aerospace facility, and the largest composite aerospace parts manufacturing facility in the country according to the recently released Doyletech economic impact study.
The Boeing Canada Winnipeg site, responsible for nearly 1,000 different parts and assemblies for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, has grown significantly over the years, and currently supports approximately 1,500 jobs, making it one of the city’s largest employers. In Winnipeg and the surrounding Prairie Provinces, Boeing has a total estimated economic impact of approximately $851 million supporting more than 2,600 direct and in-direct jobs.
On August 12, 2016 Boeing announced two new supplier contracts with Ontario-based Arnprior Aerospace Inc., a company that has been a Boeing supplier since 2005. The contracts are to build parts supporting the rudder and elevator for the new 777X, which will be the world’s largest and most efficient twin-engine commercial airplane.
In the province of Ontario, Boeing’s total economic impact is estimated at approximately CAD$2.5 million, with direct and in-direct jobs impact totaling more than 11,800 according to the recently released Doyletech economic impact study.
Boeing recently announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Quebec-based company L-3 MAS under which the companies will collaborate on production and support of the F/A-18 Super Hornet should the Government of Canada move forward with the acquisition of 18 new Super Hornet fighter aircraft. In 1986, L-3 MAS was awarded an Integrated Technical Support contract for the CF-18 Hornet, a platform that was first produced by McDonnell Douglas before the company merged with Boeing in 1996.
Boeing’s Jack House, vice president of Supplier Management for Defense, Space and Security said: “Over the past 30 years, L-3 MAS has demonstrated that it has the experience and capabilities needed to support the Super Hornet platform.”
Additionally, in the province of Québec, Boeing’s total economic impact is estimated at nearly CAD$432 million, with direct and in-direct jobs impact totaling more than 2,000. In Montréal specifically, the recently released Doyletech study highlights the importance of Montréal-based companies in the production of landing gear, among other areas. It also notes Boeing’s efforts to establish the area as a “Centre of Excellence” for its efforts, demonstrating Boeing’s acknowledgement of Montréal as a continuing technology leader.
On September 26, 2016, Boeing confirmed it had successfully completed a US$749 million Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) commitment tied to Canada’s purchase of C-17 Globemaster III airlifters one year ahead of schedule. In total, the program involved 61 companies, including 21 small and medium enterprises, from eight Canadian provinces. The 61 companies received work placements and research and development partnerships. Three companies that were part of this program include: Newfoundland and Labrador-based companies Solace Power and Agile Sensor Technologies, as well as Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Bluedrop Performance Learning.
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Additionally, Boeing’s total economic impact in Atlantic Canada is approximately CAD$22.4 million with nearly 120 jobs resulting from direct, or in-direct work with the company according to the recently released Doyletech economic impact study.