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Ontario Invests in New Campus at Centennial College


Ontario is giving more students opportunities to train for high-tech manufacturing, robotics and aerospace jobs by investing in a new campus for aerospace programs.

Premier Kathleen Wynne joined representatives from the Government of Canada and Centennial College today to make the announcement at the future site of the Centennial College Downsview Park Aerospace Campus in Toronto.

The joint investment will make it possible for about 500 new students to attend three new aerospace and aviation-related programs. Four hundred aviation students from another Centennial campus will join them at the new Downsview facility.

More than 900 students graduate each year from aerospace and aviation-related programs in Ontario’s universities and colleges. Investing in this project helps Ontario continue to build a high-tech hub where students develop the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow. It fosters innovation and helps build the highly skilled workforce that attracts global investment.

Premier Wynne’s upcoming business mission to Japan and South Korea from November 28 to December 2 will also highlight Ontario as a leader in aerospace technology, encouraging investments and partnerships across the sector.

Investing in innovative learning spaces is part of Ontario’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is committing $25.8 million to the Centennial College Downsview Park Aerospace Campus. The federal government is committing $18.4 million.
  • More than half of the world’s top 25 aerospace firms do business in Ontario. The Ontario aerospace sector directly employs over 21,000 workers and supports another 17,000.
  • KPMG’s Competitive Alternatives 2016 report found manufacturing costs in Ontario’s aerospace cluster in Toronto were lower than many large clusters in the U.S., including Seattle and Wichita.

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