Canada announces a $350M investment in a sustainable aviation network
June 20, 2023
By Canadian Manufacturing
PARIS — On Jun. 19, François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced an investment of $350 million to support Canada’s new Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Technology (INSAT) aimed at accelerating the green industrial transformation of the aerospace industry.
This investment, via the Strategic Innovation Fund, will establish a pan-Canadian, industry-led aerospace network focused on funding collaborative research and development projects with companies of all sizes across the Canadian supply chain, from coast to coast to coast. Projects will focus on four key technology areas: hybrid and alternative propulsion; aircraft architecture and systems integration; transition to alternative fuels; and aircraft support infrastructure and operations.
The announcement is in direct response to the main recommendation stemming from consultations led by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada involving over 450 industry representatives and other stakeholders nationwide.
According to the federal government, the aerospace industry is one of the most innovative and export-driven sectors in Canada, contributing close to $27 billion and more than 210,000 jobs to the economy.
“Our government is committed to making Canada a leader and a strategic partner of choice when it comes to sustainable aviation. Today’s $350 million investment to support the Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Technology will help drive and accelerate the green industrial transformation of Canada’s aerospace industry, generating high-value jobs while strengthening supply chains and supporting the transition to a net-zero economy,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.
“With the Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Technology of Canada, or INSAT, we are excited to develop a pan-Canadian ecosystem to position Canada as a global leader in sustainable aviation. Our mission is to coordinate and accelerate the development of sustainable aviation technologies in Canada—technologies in our products and services, for our OEMs, SMEs, airlines and airports, and in conjunction with adjacent sectors such as Transportation, Energy, and IT. INSAT is a key vehicle to strengthening Canada’s aerospace sector by supporting this cross-industry collaboration, IP generation, and talent development. Join us in launching this next chapter of a great Canadian aviation legacy,” said Walter Di Bartolomeo, Interim Chairman of the Board, Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Technology of Canada.
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