Canadian Manufacturing

Aerospace R&D centre gets $1M in federal support

Money will fund an advanced aerospace handling workstation and testing equipment, enabling both engine testing and post-testing re-design.



WINNiPEG—The federal government is upping the ante in aerospace research with a $1-million grant to West Canitest R&D Inc. (WestCaRD), a not-for-profit, non-share corporation that that handles the environmental testing, research & development sector in Manitoba.

“This exciting project expands the scope of aerospace work carried out in Manitoba and will help ensure that Manitoba aerospace research and development companies remain competitive globally,” said Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

This additional $1 million in support under the Western Diversification Program fund an advanced aerospace handling workstation and testing equipment, enabling both engine testing and post-testing re-design.

“This will result in greater utilization of the GE Aviation Testing Research & Development Centre and greater technology growth In Manitoba through the creation of an exciting new CFM56 Engine Development & Evaluation capability at StandardAero.” said Vic Gerden, CEO WestCaRD.

Currently, existing facilities are only able to accommodate engine testing. As a result, engine test data must be sent elsewhere to be incorporated in re-design work. This new facility will expand research and development capabilities of Manitoba’s aerospace industry and is expected to generate millions in revenue to the local economy.

In Partnership with GE Canada and StandardAero, WestCaRD undertakes aircraft engine testing as well as research and technology development at unique test facilities located at the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

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