Aerospace, Defence and Security

190+ Companies

10,000+ Employees

As a G7 capital city and headquarters for most federal government departments, Ottawa is the national hub for Canada’s Aerospace, Defence and Security (ADS) sector. Combined with proximity to a large network of research and development infrastructure, industry leading multi-nationals, exceptional post-secondary institutions, and a high concentration of tech talent, the nation’s capital provides a globally competitive environment where world-class ADS innovation thrives.

Ottawa represents significant government procurement opportunities which contain headquarters to:

  • Department of National Defence (DND)
  • Public Safety Canada
  • Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
  • Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
  • Communications Security Establishment (CSE)
  • Canadian Military Intelligence Command
  • Privy Council Office (PCO)
  • Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC)
  • Criminal Intelligence Service Canada (CISC)
  • Finance Canada
  • Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
  • Department of Justice Canada
  • Transport Canada


Coupled with Fortune 500 companies such as General Dynamics, Thales, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, Ottawa is a cluster of globally competitive ADS small and medium-sized enterprises that offer large reservoirs of talent.

Along with proximity to government procurement opportunities, ADS companies also have privileged access to some of Canada’s best research and development (R&D) capabilities. Examples include:

    • The NRC’s Aerospace division which is researching the design, manufacture, qualification, performance, use, and maintenance of air and space vehicles.





Not only anchored by industry leading companies and research facilities, Ottawa’s post-secondary institutions also offer strategic advantage with industry leading programs such as The University of Ottawa’s Aeronautical and Space Engineering and IT Security program, Carleton University’s Infrastructure Protection and International Security and Mechanical Aerospace Engineering program and Algonquin College’s Computer Systems Technology-Security program.

Examples of Ottawa Aerospace, Defence and Security Brilliance:

lockheed martin

Lockheed Martin Canada is the Canadian arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company. Lockheed Martin Canada’s (LMC) Ottawa-based Impact Centre consists of an internationally-renowned laboratory and manufacturing centre, bringing together industry and academia in order to research, develop, and advance innovative technologies. This centre holds the distinction of being Canada’s only domestic combat integrator. Among the technologies pioneering at the Impact Centre are  LMC’s combat system trainer, which simulates real-life battle conditions at sea for raw naval recruits and is used by Halifax-class frigates and the Royal New Zealand Navy.

general dynamics

General Dynamics’ Ottawa-based R&D centre has recently pioneered two cutting-edge technologies. The MATADOR is an acoustic processing system delivering a 100% detection performance against torpedoes. This technology is compatible with almost any sensor, can be installed in less than two days without any docking or modifications to the ship, and promises to reduce mission dangers and allow ships to travel in safety far away from their naval base. The second technology, The “SHIELD ecosystem”, can be leveraged by the police and first responders to enhance their situational awareness of security threats, significantly reduce emergency response times, and efficiently gather and exchange information. Commanders can also use this technology to learn of the availability, capability, and location of in-field personnel at all times.


For more than 30 years, MDS has been the global leader in Gas Turbine Engine Solutions—its clients include Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Air France, Solar Turbines, MTU, and Siemens.
Specializing in the provision of aviation and industrial/marine solutions, MDS delivers customized, turnkey Gas Turbine Engine test facilities.
MDS’s expertise is paired with a collaborative approach which results in comprehensive and custom engineered solutions that fit clients’ exact needs – today and in the future.
From building the world’s most advanced gas turbine engine test facilities to being at the forefront of research and development, MDS drives innovation. Strongly committed to the local community, MDS supported the development of the world’s only robotic radiosurgery system, the CyberKnife, deployed at the Ottawa Hospital.


Fortinet is widely recognized as a global leader in high performance cybersecurity solutions and is one of the four key international players in the firewall market. Canada’s federal government recently contracted Fortinet’s Ottawa subsidiary to upgrade its information technology infrastructure. Fortinet plans to deploy high-performance, scalable network security solutions across more than 100 government departments and agencies in order to secure them against cyberattacks.


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