June 30, 2021

Aéro Montréal

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,

While the aerospace industry is gradually accelerating its recovery, our educational institutions are struggling to attract the next generation of workers who could play a key role in creating the aerospace industry of tomorrow.

All companies in the sector agree that we must act quickly to recruit the qualified workforce that until now has enabled Québec to remain one of the world’s aerospace leaders.

Our companies are actively involved in this issue. Long marked by a dominance of men, our industry has recently demonstrated its willingness to diversify. Aéro Montréal and several of the cluster’s companies have joined the 50-30 Challenge launched in December 2020 by Innovation, Science and Industry Canada. Participation in this challenge signals a strong commitment to achieving gender parity and significant representation of under-represented groups on boards of directors and in senior management. Libellule Monde, Bell Textron Canada, CAE, Lockheed Martin Canada, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Concordia University are all members of the cluster that have mobilized with us for this challenge.

In recent weeks, Aéro Montréal has also mobilized to promote careers and opportunities for the next generation, especially for young women. On the occasion of International Women in Engineering Day, we shared the portrait of Aya Bassyouni, ambassador of the Regroupement relève d’Aéro Montréal (RRAM) and a final-year student in mechanical engineering at Concordia University.

We’ve embarked on a journey together, but it will be essential to continue our efforts in the coming months to showcase our sector and promote all the innovation and boldness that drives it!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful summer.

SUZANNE M. BENOÎT, President of Aéro Montréal 


Aéro Montréal provides a practical guide for the gradual return of employees

Practical guide for the gradual return of employees

The gradual opening has led to a relaxation of certain health measures and teleworking will soon become optional for the majority of your companies. These changes mean that in-person work can be gradually resumed.

To ensure the psychological and physical health of workers in the face of these major changes, companies must equip themselves with best practices. This challenge is particularly difficult for smaller companies that do not have a department dedicated to human resources management.

To assist companies, Aéro Montréal has worked with several industrial members of the cluster and with its long-time legal partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, to create a practical guide. This guide offers several possible approaches and is designed to enable SMEs to question themselves so that they can prepare well for the upcoming transition. To consult the guide, click here. Available in French only.


Montréal Aviation Museum - Did you know?

Montréal Aviation Museum

The Montreal Aviation Museum (MAM) is pleased to have the opportunity, starting today, to share with Aéro Montréal members, on a periodic basis, historical articles on Quebec’s rich aerospace heritage.

We begin with a selection of articles presented to the Montreal Chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society by renowned Québec aviation historian George Alexander Fuller. George’s efforts in researching and writing about on early aviation have preserved important aspects of our history that would otherwise have been lost forever. To read the article, click here.

The Montréal Aviation Museum is located on the Macdonald Campus of McGill University in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Summer hours are Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Directions are available on its website: www.mam.quebec. The site also features a virtual tour of the museum.


Industry News
The latest news about the Québec aerospace industry.


$165,575 for the Inspiration ÉNA campaign of the Fondation du cégep Édouard-Montpetit et de l’École nationale d'aérotechnique

Impacted by many financial assistance requests from students due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and faced with the cancellation of its most important fundraising event – which was to have taken place in March 2021 – the Fondation du cégep Édouard-Montpetit et de l'École nationale d'aérotechnique (ÉNA) has set up a major virtual solidarity campaign with its partners, most of whom are from the aerospace industry. Over the past few months, $165,575 has been raised to support students in the aerospace sector.



Minister Jean Boulet announces a major investment of $30 million to support workforce retraining

Jean Boulet, Québec Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, has announced the creation of the general requalification and skills enhancement component of the “Programme de formations de courte durée” (Short-Term Training Program), which focuses on internships in occupations prioritized by the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail (CPMT).

This new component has an envelope of $30 million over four years and aims to reintegrate more than 1,500 people into employment in sectors such as agri-food, transportation electrification, the green economy and aeronautics – sectors that the government considers strategic for the economic recovery.



Human Resources
Stay abreast of the major succession and workforce challenges in aerospace.

Digital Skills for Youth program

The DS4Y Program provides eligible companies with financial support to hire post-secondary graduates for internships leading to employment in digital technologies. The internship must be for a maximum of 6 months at 30 to 40 hours per week and must end no later than March 31, 2022. The contribution can be up to 100% of the intern’s salary and benefits to a maximum of $24,000 per internship.

Contact: claude.vuille-lessard@communautique.quebec


Financing: Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W) helps you cover the costs of training an apprentice in a Designated Red Seal Trade in which women are under-represented (e.g., electrician, electromechanic, machinist, mechanic, fitter, toolmaker).

In return, the employer may be eligible for a tax credit for on-the-job training (provincial) and a tax credit for the creation of apprenticeship jobs (federal).


CILA – Canadian Industrial Leadership Award

Together, L3Harris, CAE and Thales Canada are working to increase employment, development and advancement opportunities for Canadian women in the defence and security sectors.

In 2021, ten women enrolled in STEM programs at universities and colleges across Canada will be offered a fully paid internship and executive mentorship at L3Harris, CAE or Thales Canada. In addition, award recipients will receive a one time $6,000 bursary (after tax) and the opportunity for full-time employment after successful completion of their program.

During their paid internship, each award recipient will participate in cross-company learning activities and exciting project challenges to meet their academic requirements and develop their skillset as the next generation of STEM talent.


Webinar: Discovering Outcome Campus Connect – an initiative of EDSC

On June 17th, the webinar: Discovering Outcome Campus Connect, a Canada-wide initiative of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to facilitate internships, was held. If you were unable to attend and would like to watch a rebroadcast, click here.



Events to come

Classique de golf


Webinar: Aéro Montréal Golf or Bike Classic

Elm Ridge Country Club on Île Bizard



Our partners:

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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Suite 3120
Montréal QC H2Y 3X7
Phone: 514 987-9330