August 26, 2020
The Québec aerospace industry newsletter
Aéro Montréal's mission is to mobilize stakeholders in Québec’s aerospace ecosystem to support its global reach, innovation capacity and growth.
Message from the President
Dear members, dear partners,

The Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, announced last May the creation of the Industry Strategy Council, chaired by Monique Leroux. In an advisory role, the Industry Strategy Council's mandate is to assess the scope and depth of COVID-19’s impact on industries and inform government’s understanding of specific sectoral pressures.

As part of its mandate, the Council is to be guided by the Economic Strategy Tables, which are chaired by industry leaders in the following sectors: advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, digital industries, health and bio-sciences, resources of the future, tourism and hospitality, retail and transportation.

Unfortunately, the aerospace industry does not have a dedicated sector table and instead has been integrated into the advanced manufacturing and transportation tables. However, following numerous representations made to the Council by Aéro Montréal and AIAC, Gilles Labbé, Executive Chairman of the Board of Héroux-Devtek, and Marc Parent, President and CEO at CAE, were invited to meet with Ms. Leroux on behalf of our sector. During this meeting, they had the opportunity to paint a portrait of our industry, to inform her of the many challenges we are currently facing, and finally to propose possible solutions to quickly and effectively emerge from this historic crisis that is hitting us hard.

Over the coming weeks and months, Aéro Montréal will actively pursue its efforts to raise awareness among federal elected officials and members of the Industry Strategy Council and will continue to hammer home its many messages in the media and on its digital platforms.

Finally, we will take advantage of the update of the Québec Aerospace Strategy 2016-2026 to propose recommendations to the Minister of Economy and Innovation which, although addressed to the provincial government, can easily be emulated by the federal government. A brief from Aéro Montréal will be submitted this week in this regard.

Let's keep up the good work! It is together, with one voice, that we will be heard and that we will succeed in relaunching this great industry that has taken us, collectively, eight decades to build.

Rest assured that Aéro Montréal is continuing to mobilize for the benefit of the industry,


End of CERB & modified EI program !

The federal government has announced the extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit to the end of September. A modified Employment Insurance program will come into effect on September 27, and three types of Canada Recovery Benefits will be introduced for workers who do not qualify for EI.

Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, accompanied by Chrystia Freeland, the new Minister of Finance, made the announcement on August 20.

These new measures are expected to be passed into law as soon as the new session of Parliament begins on September 23. However, changes to the Employment Insurance program will be made through regulatory amendments.
Call for "Startup Québec-Primo adoptants" projects 

The Ministry of Economy and Innovation has launched a call for projects in support of startups that establish partnerships with a company to jointly create an innovative product or process that meets the needs of the market.

The Québec government’s contribution cannot exceed $50,000 per project, for a maximum duration of 12 months. The “primo-adoptants” must contribute at least 50% of eligible expenses, in cash only.
Industry news
The latest news about the Québec aerospace industry.
Wanted: Canadian strategic partners
Aéro Montréal and Canada Economic Development for Québec Regions (CED) are pleased to inform you that General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is taking steps to find strategic industrial partners to work on the MQ-9B SkyGuardian team, offered as part of the unmanned aircraft systems (SATP-RPAS) request for proposal.
Major projects to enhance the safety of manufacturing activities
Aéro Montréal Is committed to helping you protect workers. Over the past few months, we have launched a brand new initiative to accompany and support you: a turnkey digital signage solution to facilitate the implementation of good sanitary practices in the factory. This is an unprecedented collaboration between Aéro Montréal and Industrial Intelligence. Still in effect, this project was made possible thanks to MACH FAB 4.0, an Aéro Montréal initiative funded by the Québec government to support companies in the Québec aerospace cluster. Interested in finding out more? Would you like to implement such a technology within your organization? Please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Human ressources
Stay abreast of the major succession and workforce challenges in aerospace.
Webinar on Developping 4.0 skills
Industry 4.0 is the most recent evolution in the manufacturing sector. This digital transformation is shaking up the manufacturing industry by bringing about changes in systems and processes, but also in the workforce. This requires the adaptation of existing skills and occupations, and even the emergence of new functions. This is why the human factor is undoubtedly the greatest challenge of this transformation.
Work Placement Program for students

The Student Work Placement Program supports partnerships between employers and post-secondary institutions to provide more work placements for students enrolled in post-secondary programs in all regions of Canada. Employers who provide quality work integrated with apprenticeship placements for post-secondary students will receive wage subsidies of up to 50% of the salary costs for the internship (maximum $5,000 per placement), and up to 70% (maximum $7,500 per placement) for first-year students and members of under-represented groups, i.e. women in STEM, Aboriginal people, people with disabilities and new immigrants.

For more information, please contact Béatrice Perier Agostini, Director, Next Generation & Workforce, Aéro Montréal.

Defence & Security
Symposium 2020 - Virtual Event
Mark your calendars! The Symposium on the Canadian defence and security market will take place this coming October 19 in full virtual mode! 
Training on the Canadian defence market (2 sessions)
Aéro Montréal and Cirrus Research Associates are offering a two-day training session on the Canadian defense market on October 28th and 29th on the basics of the Government of Canada and Department of National Defense procurement process, the procurement strategy in defense, the tools available, the roles and responsibilities of the various levels of government, canvassing, competitive analysis, the development of winning bids and other subjects.
Aéro Montréal and McCarter & English also offer a two-day training course in the American market. These days will cover the basics of US market access and business relations with the US government, regulation, control of exports and foreign investment in the US, intellectual property, obligations in cybersecurity and other topics.
StartAéro 360° | A strategic junction
The StartAéro 360° program was created to drive and accelerate the adoption of disruptive technologies in the market, support entrepreneurship by developing technology demonstrators and commercializing new products and fosters networking among suppliers of leading-edge.
Webinar at the forefront
11:00 AM (EST)
COVID-19 and the Aerospace Supply Chain
This webinar, moderated by Joe Anselmo from Aviation Week, will examine the impact of COVID-19 on the supply chain. This discussion will begin with an analysis of the current situation reflecting the Tier-1/OEM viewpoint. From there, the changes concerning supply chain, supplier management and effect on industry consolidation, for the short-middle and long term perspectives will be discussed. Panelists from Héroux-Devtek and Pratt & Whitney Canada will be joined by a Managing Director from Patriot Industrial Partners (an aerospace and defense advisory firm) and a Senior Business Editor from Aviation Week.
No confidential information will be shared.
New member of Aéro Montréal

Aéro Montréal is proud to welcome a new member: Hexagone Intervention Unit inc. which is a Quebec startup specialized in the field of Precision Beekeeping. It joins the aerospace cluster to achieve its primary objective, which is to send a prototype beehive in composite materials aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and at the same time launch the Canadian Beekeeping Space Program. It also wishes to join the space committee in order to bring its expertise of more than 20 years of beekeeping experience to the eminent development of an autonomous base camp on Mars. The company has been located for four years on the INRS Armand Frappier campus in Laval in the heart of the Cité de la Biotech. It is developing a range of products and services for Canadian beekeepers in order to optimize quality, hygiene and sanitation standards by integrating biotechnological elements as well as aerospace engineering. An educational component is at the heart of the company's mission. It will transmit via its spatial beekeeping module (like the LEM) notions on the popularization of beekeeping, dronautics, astronomy and the various trades in the field of aeronautics.
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