FIA Connect 2020

Province showcases home grown aerospace sector and advanced manufacturing

Toronto, Canada — The Ontario government is showcasing the province’s world leading aerospace sector and innovative advanced manufacturing at FIA Connect: A Virtual Farnborough International Airshow hosted from the U.K. from July 20 to 24, 2020. Vic Fedeli, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade will be leading an online delegation of 34 companies to promote the province’s strengths in aerospace technology and its advantages as a safe haven for investment, innovation, and stability in North America.

“Ontario’s aerospace sector is part of the global supply chain for virtually every passenger aircraft in the word, and directly employs more than 25,000 people across more than 200 companies,” said Minister Fedeli. “With experience in R&D, pioneering technologies, and expert international collaboration, our aerospace sector and its broader manufacturing industry will be front and centre as we implement our made-in-Ontario plan for renewal, growth and economic recovery.”

Among the industry’s foremost annual events, the Farnborough International Air Show is transitioning to a digital format this year due to COVID-19. Ontario companies will connect with potential customers from around the world via digital business-to-business meetings, workshops and webinars, to promote Ontario’s key strengths in aircraft final assembly, avionics, aerostructures and landing gear, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), engines, and satellites/spacecraft.

“Our government has made it faster, easier, and more cost-effective to do business in the province” said Minister Fedeli. “This is the ideal time to highlight Ontario’s skilled workforce, climate of innovation, welcoming immigration system, and streamlined business environment to investors around the world.”

Global aerospace companies with operations in Ontario include Airbus, Bombardier, Precision Castparts Corp., Honeywell, Raytheon Technologies, L3 Harris, Leonardo, Safran, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and MDA.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario colleges and universities offer more than 40 degree and diploma programs in applied aerospace, aviation and space disciplines.
  • The Ontario government is working with exporters so they can continue to reach new customers through virtual means in this new COVID-19 environment.
  • Ontario is creating a new investment attraction agency, Invest Ontario, to support strategic domestic firms and attract business from around the world.

Additional Resources

Ontario’s aerospace industry

To see who is participating in the Ontario delegation to FIA Connect: A Virtual Farnborough International Airshow, visit:

Media Contacts

Lauren Nucciarone