January 27, 2021
The Quebec aerospace industry newsletter
Aéro Montréal's mission is to mobilize stakeholders in Quebec’s aerospace ecosystem to support its global reach, innovation capacity and growth.
Message from the President
Dear members, dear partners,

During the International Aerospace Innovation Forum last December, everyone agreed with the following statement: to ensure the success of our recovery, the industry must adopt a systemic approach that focuses on innovation and Eco-mobility.

Before the crisis, the Québec government had invited Québec aerospace industry players (companies, universities and research centres) to work together to develop a proposal that would stimulate innovation, investment (local and foreign), open collaboration, growth and commercialization, as well as sustainable development.

Convinced that the aerospace industry in Québec and Greater Montréal must ensure that it maintains its leadership position by acquiring a global signature/reputation, Aéro Montréal has mobilized to support the establishment of the Québec Aerospace Innovation Zone.

After identifying the sector’s strengths, capitalizing on the cluster’s three existing hubs – Pôle St-Laurent, Pôle Longueuil and Pôle Mirabel – the team submitted its proposal in November 2020 and has recently obtained the government's acknowledgment of receipt that the proposal is in the evaluation phase of the process. By building on the complementarity of these three hubs (training, R&D and manufacturing) and by proposing an open collaboration among companies, municipalities, researchers and universities, the Québec Aerospace Innovation Zone would make it possible to assemble major structuring projects for the benefit of all stakeholders. The mission of these projects would be to respond to the technological and environmental challenges facing the industry and focus, in particular, on the following themes: decarbonization; electrification; autonomy (drones, flying taxis, vertical take-off and landing aircraft - E-VTOL); digitization; advanced manufacturing; and innovative materials.

By demonstrating local expertise in innovation, this zone would also be a terrific technological showcase. It would attract investment and talent by underscoring Québec’s capabilities and strengths. For our next generation, this zone would definitely be inspiring and would solidify the positive impact of an ecosystem focused on collaboration and the sharing of best practices.

The mobilization generated by this project is illustrating again how our industry, looking to the future, is promoting collaborative work to help it take off once again.




Reminder: COVID-19

Maintenance of essential services

Following the announcement of the lockdown from January 9 to February 8, 2021, economic activities related to logistics and freight transport are being maintained. Here is the aggregated information concerning the decree of January 8.

Closing of non-essential businesses:

  • Businesses considered non-essential must close their doors until February 8, 2021. Businesses that are licensed to operate must provide only those goods and services that are considered essential.
  • However, curbside pickup is permitted. For example, it is possible to purchase a product online and have it delivered or picked up on site, without entering the store, while respecting health regulations.
  • Since January 9, in order to conform with the 8 p.m. curfew, all businesses have to close their doors no later than 7:30 p.m.
  • During the curfew period, pharmacies and gas stations remain opened as usual. Pharmacies are allowed to sell medications and essential items, while gas stations only allowed to sell food, gasoline and road vehicle products.

Manufacturing and construction sectors:

  • Reduction of activities to the minimum necessary to ensure that commitments are met.
  • Requirement to work from home when possible and adjustment of shifts to limit the number of people working at production and construction sites at the same time.
  • CNESST will intensify its interventions in the workplaces to ensure compliance with health regulations.

For all inquiries, companies are invited to consult the list of essential businesses. Please note that there is also a list of economic sectors subject to a closure order (COVID-19). This information may be subject to updates. We invite you to regularly consult the Quebec.ca website. Prevention tools have been deployed for workplaces to answer questions from employers and workers:


Québec increases its support for SMEs in all regions


In order to improve the support offered to companies and better meet their needs, the Minister of Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon, announced last december, significant adjustments to the measures to assist SMEs during the COVID-19 pandemic, including an additional envelope of $50 million for the Emergency Assistance to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses program.


Industry news
The latest news about the Québec aerospace industry.
Green shift in aerospace needs government strategy

During International Aerospace Week - Montréal 2020, Suzanne M. Benoît, President of Aéro Montréal, spoke with Chris Thatcher of Skies Magazine to reiterate the importance of the federal government’s commitment to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable aerospace industry. With many countries having already made the choice to invest in the development of green technologies, Québec’s aerospace industry must be able to position itself quickly to stay in the race.

Hélène Gagnon on the front page of Aviation For Women magazine

Aéro Montréal is pleased to announce that CAE's Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Global Communications, Hélène Gagnon, is on the front page of Aviation For Women magazine due to her leadership and significant accomplishments in the industry aerospace.



NGC Aerospace and CS Canada join forces to certify an autopilot system for drones

As part of Aéro Montréal’s StartAéro 360° program, NGC Aerospace is benefiting from CS Canada’s expertise in the certification of safety-critical onboard software to offer its customers an autopilot system for drones that is certifiable under the internationally recognized aeronautics standard, DO-178C.

A Québec satellite to measure GHGs, explanations by Stéphane Germain

Hugo is a Québec satellite that took off aboard a Falcon 9 rocket to measure greenhouse gases. The launch took place as part of SpaceX’s Rideshare program, which is carrying several satellites into space. Stéphane Germain is President of GHGSat, the company that created Hugo. He explains the mission of this space sensor.



Human ressources
Stay abreast of the major succession and workforce challenges in aerospace.
New student program

The Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation (CIADI) in collaboration with FutureReady is pleased to launch its first Leadership Agility in Aerospace student program. The program consists of three workshops, a panel where industry professionals will share their tips and tricks on succeeding in an interview and designing a winning resumé, and a case competition. The case competition is kindly sponsored by CAE, and financial awards will be given out to the members of the winning team.

Registration is completely free of charge but places are limited!

Funding :   Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to help all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition into the labour market.

Temporary flexibilities have been introduced to respond to the needs of employers and youth in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.



Renewed Prosperity Through Greater Training Program (PARAF)

Thanks to the Renewed Prosperity Through Greater Training Program (PARAF in French), people who have lost their jobs can take vocational training while receiving financial assistance or an enhancement to their current financial assistance.

Webinar on automatization and Industry 4.0

Cégep Édouard Montpetit Business Services, in collaboration with Robotech Automation, is presenting a webinar, Automatisation : phases typiques d’un projet et pièges à considérer to support you in this important transition.

Register free of charge to take part in the webinar, which will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 10 a.m.



Training and coaching:
Effective Managers




In collaboration with the South Shore Chambre of Commerce (CCIRS), Cégep Édouard-Montpetit and ÉNA is offering the Effective Managers program to quickly improve the skills of your supervisors and team leaders.

The program includes:

  • Group training sessions: two half-days per month (virtual classes)
  • Individual management coaching sessions (online)

It aims to develop these essential skills:

  • Exercising mobilizing leadership
  • Manage the performance of your team
  • Engage, Delegate and Empower
  • Influencing team members
  • Manage conflicts
  • Make informed decisions

The program is being offered at a reduced rate of $1,720 (value of $3,490).*

Next training sessions: February 16 to June 16, 2021

Information: cegepmontpetit.ca/gestionnaires-efficaces

* With the financial participation of the Québec Government


News from our partner
Norton Rose Fulbright

Employers’ first glance at vaccinations: Mandatory in the workplace or not?

With the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations expected to soon be administered to Canadians, some employers are no doubt asking one important question: to what extent can vaccination be mandatorily required for employees in Canada’s physical workplaces? Preliminary insights into some of the key legal considerations are discussed below.




New members of Aéro Montréal






Events to come
09:00 (EST)


Webinaire conjoint d'Aéro Montréal et Academos
Comment devenir mentor virtuel pour attirer la relève dans le secteur aérospatial ?



10:00 (EST)

Internship and Job Fair



09:00 (EST)

CAE OneWorld 2021
Digital Innovation & Immersion



09:00 (EST)

CRIAQ's RDV Forum 2021



13:00 (EST)

Taking-off post COVID-19



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