A world-class aerospace, defence, and security hub
Coupled with Fortune 500 companies such as General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada, Thales, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Canada, the Ottawa region is home to a cluster of globally competitive ADS small and medium-sized enterprises that offer large reservoirs of talent.
With proximity to government procurement opportunities, ADS companies also have privileged access to some of Canada’s best research and development (R&D) capabilities, including the NRC’s Aerospace Centre, the David Florida Laboratory, and Defence Research and Development Canada.
Why Ottawa is an ideal location for Aerospace, Defence and Security leaders:
- Ottawa’s defence sector is made up of over 190 companies employing more than 10,000 skilled workers
- Ottawa has the highest concentration of tech talent (as a percentage of a city’s total employment) in North America at 11.6 percent – ahead of San Francisco at 10.9 percent (CBRE Tech Talent 2021)
- Canada’s aerospace industry and its value chain added $20.3 billion in GDP and 160,000 (direct and indirect) jobs
- Canada’s aerospace and defense industry has tripled its global market share in the last two decades, making it the fifth largest aerospace producer in the world (PwC 2020)