Safran in Canada

Safran has operated in Canada for over 70 years and is now a major local player in our three core markets. Over the years, we have expanded our scope of business in Canada, enabling us to further cement ties with our customers in North America, including aircraft and helicopter manufacturers, airlines, security authorities and armed forces. Safran now has nearly 1,200 employees in Canada.

1,200
employees
4
production plants
Presence established over
70
years ago

 

Aerospace

 

Safran is one of the main engine suppliers for Canadian airlines, through CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between Safran Aicraft Engines and GE which develops and produces CFM56® engines, the benchmark powerplant for single-aisle jetliners. In addition, the LEAP® engine – the successor to the CFM56 – has already been chosen to power Air Canada's upcoming Boeing 737 MAX twinjets.

Safran's plant in Ajax (ON) specializes in the design, development, production and maintenance of aircraft landing systems, while the Mirabel (QC) site manufactures large landing gear components. In the landing gear segment, the Group supplies systems for Boeing (military and commercial), Bombardier and most Airbus (military and commercial) aircraft.

In addition, Safran provides the thrust reversers for the Bombardier Global 5000 business jet, designs and produces onboard avionics systems, and ensures customer support for nacelles deployed in the North American region.

Safran also provides maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the Arriel and Arrius helicopter engines that power the fleets of North American operators.

Safran is recognized for its expertise in the engineering and design of electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems, as well as satellite communications solutions.The Group provides technical assistance and engineering services for Bombardier's Global and Challenger Business jet programs, as well as CRJ and Dash-8 legacy programs.

Safran's Peterborough (ON) plant is a foremost supplier of avionics solutions and support services for onboard computers and steering, landing gear and brake control systems for North American aircraft and engine manufacturers.

 

Defense

 

Safran is strongly positioned to meet the modernization and development requirements of Canada's armed forces. Our solutions and services, developed alone or in partnership, include high-performance optronic equipment and systems, drones, guidance and navigation systems, and safety-critical software.

Safran also designs pc boards and sights for certain naval systems ordered by the American Department of Defense. Following an international competitive bid process, Safran was awarded the contract to deliver the inertial navigation systems for the Royal Canadian Navy's six Harry DeWolf-class arctic/off-shore patrol vessels (AOPS).

 

Security

 

Safran offers a complete range of identity management and security solutions based on multibiometric identification technologies. Our automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) is used by police forces in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, and by the Quebec Security Department. In addition, the Group has delivered advanced "live scan" biometric systems to several national security authorities, along with secure driver's licenses for Canada's Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island. Since 2011, Safran has managed operations at seven of the country's enrolment centers.

Safran has also been awarded a five-year contract with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) for the supply of checked luggage explosive detection systems (EDS) for several airports in Canada. In June 2015, we received an additional order for our Itemiser DX explosive trace detectors from Air Canada Cargo to screen air freight.

Through its Global ID Services, Safran offers a wide range of civil applicant fingerprinting and criminal record check services in Canada. Fingerprint identification services are covered by offices in Calgary, Vancouver, Scarborough, Etobicoke, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, Montreal and Charlottetown. Safran also has more than 20 fingerprint services partner sites across 9 provinces and territories nationally. 

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  • Portrait de salariéPortrait of employee © Christian Fleury / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • Vue extérieure du site de MirabelOutside view of the facility © Christian Fleury / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • Portrait d'un salariéPortrait of an employee © Christian Fleury / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • Retouche et assemblage d'une carte électronique d'un système d'acquisition de donnéesDCU assembly and touch up © Christian Fleury / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • Boeing 777-300ER de la compagnie Air France équipé de GE90-115BBoeing 777-300ER company Air France equipped with GE90-115B © Christian Fleury / CAPA Pictures / Safran
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Key partnerships

 

While Safran's success in Canada is largely based on our technological expertise, it also reflects the relations of mutual trust we have established with local partners. We provide seamless support to these companies, including their own research and innovation initiatives.

Safran has worked for many years with the major primes in Canada, including Pratt & Whitney Canada, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada and Bombardier, and is also active in a number of strategic think tanks. Safran holds a seat on the board and executive committee of Aéro-Montréal, a cluster bringing together leaders in the Québec aerospace industry. We serve on several other executive committees, as well as boards of directors, including the boards of the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ), the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR) Consortium and Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC).

We are working with CRIAQ on several large-scale R&D projects. In 2013, Safran teamed up with the École Polytechnique de Montréal and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to endow an industry chair for 3D woven composites for the aerospace industry. In addition, Safran is a member of the Canadian Association of Defense and Security Industries (CADSI) and the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC).