- Aviation Regualtions
- Defence Procurement
- International Trade Promotion
- Science and Technology
- Taxation Policy and Business Assistance Programs
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- Employment Insurance Policy – administered by Human Resources Development Canada provides wage support to employees suffering job loss. AIAC advocates to ensure that the program's mandate and terms and conditions meet the workforce management needs of Canadian aerospace companies e.g. subsidizing the wages in cases of job-sharing, covering the cost of the external re-training of employees.
- Export Financing – Export Development Canada provides financing assistance to foreign buyers of Canadian products and systems. AIAC advocates for adequate financing support of aerospace exports and that the program's terms and conditions are aligned to market circumstances.
- Industrial & Regional Benefits (IRB) Policy – this policy administered by Industry Canada requires that foreign prime contractors who are awarded major Canadian defence procurement contracts place a level of business activity back into Canadian industry. AIAC advocates to the government for a policy framework and eligibility rules that ensure high quality industrial benefits are placed into Canada by the primes.
- Promotion of Export Market Development (PEMD) – this program administered by International Trade Canada provides funding assistance to national trade associations in support of their international market development activities. AIAC is a recipient of funding and advocates to ensure that the program's scope and terms and conditions meet the needs of exporting aerospace firms.
- Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SRED) Tax Credit – this program administered by Revenue Canada provides a tax credit to companies in proportion to their investments in Research & Development. AIAC advocates for eligibility rules and terms and conditions that meet the needs of Canadian aerospace companies regardless of their public or private ownership.
- Strategic Aerospace & Defence Initiative (SADI) – this program administered by Industry Canada co-invests with Canadian aerospace companies in funding their Research & Development (R&D) projects. AIAC advocates to ensure that the program’s mandate, funding level, and investment terms and conditions align to the R&D financing needs of Canadian aerospace companies and that they are equivalent to what other countries provide their aerospace companies.
- Taxation Policy – AIAC advocates for a taxation policy regime that strengthens Canada as a place for new aerospace investment and for growing existing aerospace businesses. e.g. lowering of corporate taxation rates, allowing for greater and accelerated write-up of the purchase of new capital and equipment.
- Canada's intellectual property laws and regulations are administered by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), a Special Operating Agency (SOA) associated with Industry Canada. AIAC advocates for an Intellectual Property regime that adequately protects the commercial interests of Canadian aerospace firms operating in Canada and in foreign markets.
- Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) - set by Transport Canada are designed to enhance aviation safety. AIAC advocates for regulations that do not impose on Canadian companies undue financial costs and administrative burden and that ‘fee for service’ aspects of Transport Canada's administration of the regulations are equitable to what other nations charge companies operating in their jurisdictions.
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC)
Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
Export Development Canada (EDC)
Federal Office of Regional Development – Quebec (FORD[Q])
Finance Canada (FIN)
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAITC)
Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC)
National Defence (DND)
National Research Council (NRC)
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Revenue Canada (RC)
Transport Canada (TC)
Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD)
In-house Organization Details
Description of the organization's activities
THE AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION OF CANADA (AIAC) IS AN INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION REPRESENTING IN EXCESS OF 400 LARGE, MEDIUM AND SMALL CANADIAN ENTERPRISES THAT GENERATED MORE THAN 82,000 HIGH TECH JOBS AND REVENUES IN EXCESS OF $22BILLION IN 2007. THE ASSOCIATION IS THE VOICE OF CANADA'S AEROSPACE INDUSTRY. AIAC ON BEHALF OF ITS MEMBERS UNDERTAKES ADVOCACY, EXPORT PROMOTION AND EVENT PLANNING ACTIVITIES.
Responsible officer name and position during the period of this registration
PRESIDENT & CEO
Organization's membership or classes of membership
AIAC HAS APPROXIMATELY 400 MEMBERS CLASSED INTO FIVE CATEGORIES BASED ON THEIR BUSINESS ACTIVITY IN CANADA OR THEIR SALES REVENUE. BRIEFLY, THE CATEGORY CLASS DISTINCTION BREAKS DOWN IN THE FOLLOWING FASHION (SPECIAL CATEGORY WHOSE REVENUE EXCEEDS $225M IN SALES; CATEGORY I HAS THREE SUB-CLASSES BETWEEN $20M AND $225M; CATEGORY II COMPRISES SIX SUB-CLASSES FROM UP TO $500,000 TO $20M IN SALES). AFFILIATE MEMBER COMPANIES COMPRISE FOREIGN COMPANIES WHO CANNOT FALL UNDER THE DEFINITION OF ORDINARY MEMBER. FINALLY, THERE IS AN ASSOCIATE CLASS TO ACCOMMODATE PROVINCIAL ASSOCIATIONS OF WHICH THERE ARE 8 IN THIS GROUPING (B.C., MANITOBA, NOVA SCOTIA, ONTARIO, QUEBEC, NEW BRUNSWICK, ALBERTA AND NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR). MEMBERSHIP FEES ARE PAID BASED ON THE COMPANY'S SALES REVENUE WHICH IS REVIEWED ANNUALLY AND MEMBERSHIP APPROVAL IS A MATTER OF BOARD CONSIDERATION.
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Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAITC)
In-house Organization Contact Information
1200 - 60 QUEEN STREET
OTTAWA, ON K1P 5Y7
Employees who lobby for the organization