The Government of British Columbia has issued the following statement in response to the federal government’s announcement regarding the multi-billion dollar Airbus program for new search and rescue aircraft:
Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour:
“We would like to congratulate Airbus on their success in securing this major contract to build Canada’s new fleet of search and rescue aircraft. This procurement will provide Canadians with 16 new aircraft that are better equipped to perform search and rescue operations across the country and will also have economic and spin-off benefits for years to come.
“We are pleased to hear of Airbus’ plans to locate a flight-training facility and simulator in Comox, B.C. This will provide a tremendous benefit to small businesses and communities in the region. With additional personnel based on Vancouver Island, it will also stimulate job growth and economic activity.
“We welcome this opportunity to work with Airbus and their partners to promote British Columbia’s companies, capabilities and talent. The Province remains committed to the growth of B.C.’s aerospace industry, which is the third-largest aerospace industry in the country generating $1.3 billion of B.C.’s gross domestic product.
“This is why we have made a five-year, $5-million commitment to promote and develop B.C.’s aerospace sector in partnership with Aerospace Industries Association of Canada – Pacific Division (AIACP) to ensure B.C. companies are well-positioned for these types of opportunities.”
Don McRae, MLA for Comox Valley:
“Our government’s top priority remains building a strong economy and a secure tomorrow for all British Columbians, including right here in Comox Valley. Accordingly, we welcome today’s announcement from Airbus and the Government of Canada. The construction of the centre will provide new opportunities to grow and boost the local economy in Comox, and is good news for local businesses and local workers, especially apprentices.”