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Exciting new R&D partnership gets its wings

July 23, 2013

OCE has awarded its first Voucher for Industry Association R&D Challenge (VIA) to the Ontario Aerospace Council to support collaborative industry-academic projects that facilitate the development of technological breakthroughs and new enabling technologies to address sector-wide challenges.

Ontario’s aerospace industry will continue to explore the outer limits of research and technology development under a unique new partnership designed to help the sector reach the next level of technological advancement. 

With a remarkable history of trailblazing, the aerospace sector in Ontario has evolved into one of the province’s and Canada’s most robust and innovative industries.

Generating approximately $6.5B in sales annually in Ontario alone, aerospace is helping Canada make its mark on the global stage with many internationally competitive firms. 

Ontario boasts particular strengths in aircraft systems including landing gear systems, aircraft assembly, environmental conditioning, turbine engines, simulation systems and maintenance and overhaul. It also excels in areas like space robotics, communications systems, unmanned aerial vehicles and air traffic control radar systems. As well, Ontario aerospace has a well-developed value chain from aircraft manufacturers to airline service providers. 

Future prospects for the industry and its status as a global leader in aerospace are equally bright. And to help ensure this potential is realized, OCE has awarded its first Voucher for Industry Association R&D Challenge (VIA) to the Ontario Aerospace Council to support collaborative industry-academic projects that facilitate the development of technological breakthroughs and new enabling technologies to address sector-wide challenges. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is a federal partner on this initiative.
 
Launched in June 2013 on behalf of the Province of Ontario, the Collaboration Voucher Program connects eligible Ontario companies with research institutions to address challenges and improve productivity, performance and competitiveness. One of four types of vouchers available, the VIA connects industry associations or groups of companies to address sector-wide research and development challenges. 

“This in an exceptionally strong partnership that we expect to see yield amazing results for Ontario in terms of jobs and economic competitiveness,” says Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence. “The aerospace industry has immense potential as a major global exporter of leading-edge technology and its future is unlimited.”

The industry has an exceptionally strong track record of investing in research and technology development. Breakthroughs in aircraft design, systems and space technologies have been recognized around the world. This includes, of course, Canadarm, the world’s first remote manipulator for space, used on the Space Shuttle. And Canadarm 2, the Space Station Remote Manipulator, was used to assemble the International Space Station, with Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield.