Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI): Helping the Canadian Aerospace Sector Recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic


Before proceeding on what Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI) is, we must first know the reason behind or what started this initiative.

The aviation industry suffered a great shock from the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, no other event in history has put more trauma on the aviation industry than the global pandemic. Air transportation was abruptly stopped by public health measures and the travel restrictions around the world that were put in place as an effort to fight the spread of the virus. Consequently, revenues dwindled, high fixed costs remained, and therefore airlines suffered severe financial loss.

In response to this, the Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI) is here to help the Canadian aerospace sector emerge from the pandemic with the capacity to compete globally.

The Initiative will support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the following objectives:

  1. To green their operations and adopt environmentally sustainable practices
  2. To improve productivity
  3. To strengthen commercialization while furthering integration into regional and global supply chains

Type of Funding Available

The total budget of the fund is $250 million over 3 years, until March 31, 2024.

Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs) brought this initiative to life, which complements support for the aerospace industry provided through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan and by Industry, Science and Economic Development (ISED) through the Strategic Innovation Fund.

Eligible Applicants 

Applicants who can apply to this Program are businesses within the aerospace industry, and organizations that support them. This includes:

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Not-for-profit organizations providing services to SMEs

Indigenous applicants

RDAs can contribute up to 100% of eligible project costs for projects with Indigenous clients.

Eligible Projects

The following are examples of activities for each objective that will be supported by the initiative:

  1. The transition towards greener products and operations or environmentally sustainable practices, such as adoption and commercialization of clean tech products and services or electrification to support a lower carbon footprint
  2. The improvement of productivity, such as advanced manufacturing and industry 4.0, scale-up of high potential firms, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity or workforce and skills development
  3. The commercialization and integration into supply chains such as integration of new start-ups and new technologies in key aspects of the value chain

Projects that advance the following initiates will increase their chances in receiving ARRI funding:

  • Transitioning towards greener products and operations or environmentally sustainable practices
  • Generating important economic benefits and promoting business development in regions, while improving resilience and international competitiveness of the aerospace sector
  • Improving diversity and inclusion to address barriers faced by certain groups


Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until funding is fully committed.

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