Ontario plays an important role in the aerospace industry. 75% of the landing gears for Boeing and Airbus commercial aircraft are produced in Ontario. More than 200 aerospace companies are located in the province, making the industry a key part of the Ontario economy. It is a driver and part of a diverse and advanced manufacturing sector that produces the next generation of aerospace, robotics, artificial intelligence, machinery, printable electronics and more.
Ontario is a leader in the manufacture of rotary wing aircraft, commercial and corporate aircraft, satellite payload subsystems, landing gear, engine parts, space robotics, display systems, aircraft structures, transmissions and transmission assemblies, and engines. Well-known companies in the industry include Airbus Helicopters Canada, Bombardier, United Technologies Aerospace Systems, Honeywell Canada, GE Aviation, Magellan Aerospace, Maxar Technologies, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, MHI Canada Aerospace, Northstar Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney Canada.
As the capital and seat of the federal government, the city of Ottawa in Ontario is the national hub for Canada's aerospace industry, along with the defense & security industry. Combined with proximity to a large network of research and development facilities, industry-leading international companies and a high concentration of technical talent, the city offers a globally competitive environment. Ottawa also has technology clusters in the areas of artificial intelligence, software, cyber security, telecommunications and mobility.
In addition, the city of Toronto and its surrounding area is home to a large part of Canada's aerospace industry, based on employment and economic contribution. With a workforce of 20,000 professionals focused on systems engineering, device manufacturing and integration, among other things, the sector contributes to the region's economy with annual sales of more than CAD 1 billion. The Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier announced at the end of 2019 that it will build a new global manufacturing center for its business aircraft near Toronto airport. The planned high-tech, CAD 350 million facility will handle final assembly of Bombardier's Global Business Jet series, which is currently assembled at the company's Downsview facility some 20 kilometers away.