Dear members, dear collaborators,
May 11th will mark another important milestone for our industry. After several weeks of "hibernation" due to COVID-19, the manufacturing sector will be able to gradually resume its activities while respecting strict sanitary measures. Once again, I would like to salute this decision by the government, but I would also like to reiterate my thanks to Ministers Pierre Fitzgibbon and Jean Boulet, who have shown great leadership and attentiveness with regard to our activities over the past few weeks.
The Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, Jean Boulet, made himself available for an exclusive virtual meeting with our members on Thursday, April 30. This was an opportunity for him and our members to discuss the measures put in place to facilitate the recovery.
Many questions regarding the implementation of sanitary measures have recently emerged and this webinar was also an opportunity to share the best practices of Bell Textron Canada Ltd and FDC Aero Composites on the subject. If you did not have the opportunity to attend this webinar, I invite you to view the online recording available in Industry News (see below). You can also find out more about the tools created to rethink work spaces and methods that meet the new health standards designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus: the COVID-19 kit of the Commission des normes
, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST), which offers a manufacturing guide
and a check-list, as well as the best practices guide of Bell Textron Canada Ltd.
To accompany the implementation of these protective measures and in support of the wide range of solutions deployed by companies, Aéro Montréal announced last week the launch of its new initiative to offer aerospace manufacturing SMEs 10,000 reusable masks. This project was implemented with the support of the mmode Metropolitan Fashion Cluster and relies on one of its members, Montréal-based coat supplier Quartz Co., which has modified its production line to manufacture protective textile equipment.
Other initiatives, such as the Alliance for the aerospace recovery
, complement these projects and underscore the determination of industry players to work together to get through this difficult period. The global aerospace industry has faced many challenges in the past. Epidemics such as SARS, H1N1, the 2001 attacks and the 2008 economic crisis have demonstrated its resilience. This time, we will have to face a crisis of a different magnitude, more intense for our industry and probably more long-lasting. However, I am convinced that all the examples of collective commitment that we are witnessing signal that a new beginning is on the horizon for our industry and that, together, we will succeed in rebuilding a stronger and more powerful industry.