Because of the situation related to COVID-19, Aéro Montréal has taken all the steps necessary to ensure the safety of our employees by putting in place the tools they need to continue operations remotely. Rest assured that we will be responding to you with the same speed, rigour and commitment.

 Globally, the spread of COVID-19 is causing significant changes in the aerospace industry. In collaboration with the Government of Québec, Aéro Montréal is working to identify the economic impacts of COVID-19. We are currently conducting a major survey among our members on the impact of the pandemic on the sector’s activities. We are committed to supporting companies in the industry faced with a slowdown in their operations. We hope that our proactive actions will enable the appropriate authorities to deploy useful measures that will help our industry get through this current situation. 

Information is also one of our key priorities. In the coming weeks, we will be continuously sharing information about the protective and precautionary measures to be taken to curb the spread of COVID-19, as well as about the various measures being implemented to support businesses and entrepreneurs. I invite you to consult the various information documents below, which will give you an overview of the most recent support measures that are available and best practices in terms of business continuity.

Gouvernement du Québec

On March 23, the government indicated that all businesses and all businesses in Quebec will have to close until April 13, with the exception of "essential services" - a three-week break that will help curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Quebec aerospace cluster is diverse and we have listed below all the sectors deemed essential by highlighting (in italics) those that could potentially apply to our businesses. However, it is understood that the judgment must be applied to all the categories below and that in this public health situation, the good of your employees must remain at the center of your concerns. We invite you to consult the list below but also to consult the exhaustive list on the government website:

  • Health care
  • Public security
  • Government services
    • Government Air Services
  • Maintenance and operation of strategic infrastructures
  • Essential manufacturing activities
    • Production of necessary inputs for essential sectors
    • Manufacturing of microelectronics components
    • Defense manufacturing and maintenance
  • Essential shops (grocery, pharmacy, etc.)
    • Work equipment (safety and protection)
  • Media and telecommunications
  • Banking and financial services
  • Construction (urgent works)
  • Maintenance and upkeep of buildings
  • Transport and logistics
    • Ports and airports
    • Maintenance services of locomotives, aircraft and essential aeronautical operations (air transport)

To discover all the services deemed essential, click here.

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Government of Canada

An amount of $ 27 billion will be allocated to direct support for businesses and workers.
An amount of $ 55 billion will be allocated for the liquidity of families and workers.


March 20, 2020 announcement:

Ottawa is appealing to businesses across the country and providing them with the means to modify their facilities to produce what the country needs to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to this plan, companies that already manufacture masks, respirators and hand sanitizer will be able to significantly increase their production capacity. The government will also support those who must purchase equipment to enable their factories to manufacture the items in demand. 

March 18, 2020 announcement:

Eligible small businesses can receive a wage subsidy equivalent to 10% of wages for the next 90 days up to a maximum of $ 1,375 per employee and $ 25,000 per employer. Businesses will be able to postpone payment of any income tax payable between now and September 2020 until August 31, 2020. Increase in the credit available to small, medium and large Canadian businesses through the Bank Development Canada and Export Development Canada. Increase in credit available to farmers and the agri-food sector through Farm Credit Canada.


March 25, 2020 announcement:

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau announced an allowance of $ 2,000 per month for 4 months, starting in April, for all workers who lost their jobs because of COVID-19. The measure also affects the self-employed.

The measure aims to relieve people who suddenly find themselves without income and undergoing great stress, the Prime Minister suggested.

More specifically, it is aimed at

  • workers who have to stop working because of COVID-19 and who do not have access to paid leave or other form of income support;
  • workers who are sick, quarantined or who care for a sick person with COVID-19;
  • working parents who have to stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or in need of extra care due to school and daycare closings;
  • workers who still have their jobs, but who are not paid because there is not enough work at the moment and their employer has asked them not to come to work;
  • salaried and self-employed workers, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for employment insurance.


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Other initiatives

March 17, 2020 announcement:

Desjardins announces relief measures for its members and customers, Individuals and Businesses
and the six major Canadian banks offer payment stays. 

March 17, 2020 announcement:

Facebook recently announced that it will offer $ 100 million in grants and advertising credits to help SMEs during this difficult time. En savoir plus 

March 12, 2020 announcement:

The member firms of the ACRPQ have agreed to lend a hand to the numerous NPOs and SMEs that do not have a contact person dedicated to communications and who do not have a prior relationship with an advisor or a public relations or communications firm. communication and who are clueless at the magnitude of the task. A 30-minute pro bono telephone consultation will be offered to them. In addition, an orientation document, including an internal communication project, is available to them on the website.

NPOs and SMEs are invited to send a message to the email address:

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