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Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative – Quebec

By Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

The Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI) will help the Canadian aerospace sector emerge from the pandemic with the capacity to compete on the global stage. The Initiative will support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the following three objectives:

  1. to green their operations and adopt environmentally sustainable practices
  2. to improve productivity
  3. to strengthen commercialization while furthering integration into regional and global supply chains.

With a total budget of $250 million over three years (until March 31, 2024), this initiative is being delivered by Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs). It complements support for the aerospace industry provided through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan and by Industry, Science and Economic Development (ISED) through the Strategic Innovation Fund.

Eligible applicants

Businesses operating in the aerospace industry, as well as the organizations that support them, are eligible to apply. This includes:

Indigenous applicants

Eligible activities

The following are examples of activities for each objective that will be supported by the initiative:

  1. The transition towards greener products and operations or environmentally sustainable practices, such as adoption and commercialization of clean tech products and services or electrification to support a lower carbon footprint.
  2. The improvement of productivity, such as advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0, scale-up of high potential firms, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity or workforce and skills development.
  3. The commercialization and integration into supply chains such as integration of new start-ups and new technologies in key aspects of the value chain.

Priority will be given to projects that contribute to at least one of the following:

Financial support

Certain costs may be eligible on a retroactive basis up to 12 months before the receipt of a project application, but no earlier than April 19, 2021.

Submitting an application

To find out if the ARRI fits your needs, call CED at 1-800-561-0633 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday) or send us an email. Our agents are well-versed in existing funding options and can help you submit your project or find other available solutions.

For more information on the resources available for businesses, visit Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan page, consult the Managing your business during COVID-19 page or download the Canada Business application.

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