At a time when industry players are mobilizing to meet the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Aéro Montréal will review the record-breaking year 2019 on Monday, May 25, at its Annual General Meeting.
In times of crisis, these accomplishments take on another dimension and remind us of everything that our industry is capable of: in 2019, Québec aerospace industry sales totalled $17.8 billion and experienced an exceptional growth of 15.9%. This significant increase in sales stood out from the results observed in France (+9%), the United Kingdom (+6.6%), and the United States (+5%). This remarkable performance confirms our position as a leading Québec exporter, with sales representing 57% of total Canadian aerospace sector sales.
In terms of employment, our industry now has 43,400 workers, an increase of 3.1% over 2018. In the Montréal metropolitan region, nearly one worker out of 50 has a trade or profession in aerospace!
We can be proud of these numbers, recently identified by the Ministry of Economy and Innovation (MEI), which are a perfect illustration of the boldness that our industry has demonstrated over the past year.
Thanks to our unique and diversified ecosystem, Québec has confirmed its position as a leader in the global aerospace supply chain. Now, more than ever, I believe it is important to remember that this strategic industry can play a major role in the country's economic recovery.
Let us continue our mobilization!
Take care of yourself, your families and your loved ones.