April 3, 2017 – Montréal, Quebec – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Canada’s aerospace and defence sectors play an important role in Canada’s economy. Recent investments in the Canadian Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard have resulted in economic spinoff activity that includes the creation of new jobs and companies across the country.
This spinoff activity is the direct result of the Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy, which requires successful suppliers to invest in Canada an amount equal to the defence contract that they have won.
That was the message delivered by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Minister Bains delivered a keynote address to launch a conference hosted by Aéro Montréal, a think tank representing Quebec’s world-class aerospace sector.
Minister Bains also announced that Montréal-based Mannarino Systems and Software, an engineering firm that supplies mission-critical equipment to the aerospace and defence sectors, will receive a $10-million investment from Lockheed Martin, a supplier of equipment to the Canadian Forces. The investment by Lockheed is part of the company’s ITB obligations for the in-service support of the C-130J Super Hercules, a transport aircraft.
Among other things, the investment will support Mannarino’s efforts to develop proprietary software systems for aircraft.
Minister Bains pointed to the investment as an example of how the ITB Policy enables Canadian businesses to grow, innovate and export. Such investments in the development of new products and next-generation technologies equip Canadians working in the sector with the skills they need for the well-paying jobs of the future.
“The Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy has real and tangible benefits. By applying this policy, the federal government is able to create high-skilled, well-paying jobs for Canadians working in the sector. Investments made under the policy, such as those made by Lockheed Martin, support research and technological breakthroughs. And they create the next generation of businesses, such as Mannarino, that have the potential to participate in the global supply chain for the aerospace and defence sectors. That’s how defence procurement drives innovation that leads to better jobs and better business opportunities for Canada.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development