Ottawa, province announce $10 million to boost Manitoba's aerospace industry

The provincial and federal governments are providing a combined $10 million toward projects they hope will boost Manitoba’s aerospace industry.

Funding expected to help create about 70 jobs

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains will be in Winnipeg Wednesday to announce funding for Manitoba's aerospace industry. (David Kawai/Canadian Press)

The provincial and federal governments are providing a combined $10 million toward projects they hope will boost Manitoba's aerospace industry.

The projects are expected to create about 70 jobs, a news release from the federal government says.

The four projects are:

  • A combined $3.4 million for the Composites Innovation Centre for two projects: $1.8 million to establish a collaborative space at Red River College's Smart Factory to develop, demonstrate and validate new advanced aerospace composite products and processes, and $1.6 million to administer and deliver the Manitoba Aerospace Fund, meant to support the development of businesses in Manitoba's aerospace sector.
  • $5 million to Magellan Aerospace Limited, to produce more advanced aerospace technology.
  • $1.6 million to West Canitest R&D (WestCaRD) to expand engine testing capabilities in Manitoba.

The aerospace industry employs about 4,600 people in the province, Western Economic Diversification Canada says.