Aerospace, Defence and Security
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.
- The David Florida Laboratory, the Canadian Space Agency’s spacecraft assembly, integration and testing centre
- Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), national leader in defence and security science and technology
- Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC), Canada’s primary laboratory for research and development in wireless technologies