“Engineers at the University of Toronto are partnering with aircraft manufacturers and academic institutions to build a collective research hub they hope will strengthen Canada’s role as an aerospace leader in an increasingly competitive global market.
The Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research Hub (DAIR) will be built at Downsview Park, and aims to bring academics and industry members together under one roof. Here they can collaborate on a variety of cutting-edge projects, such as optimizing the shapes of future airplanes and spaceships, and designing satellites. The centre would also provide aerospace training.
A 2019 report from Deloitte on the global aerospace industry reveals that over the next 20 years, China may buy more than $1.2-trillion worth of commercial aircraft, while India is “expected to become the third largest aviation market” by 2025.
A report by the Canadian council for Aviation and Aerospace says that, with the average employee now 55, Canada will need to hire 55,000 new workers by 2025 to meet the demand.”