Safran in Canada

Safran has operated in Canada for over 70 years and is now a major local player in its core markets: aeronautics and defence. Over the years, the Group has expanded its scope of business in Canada, strenghtening its relations with its North American customers (aircraft and helicopter manufacturers, airlines, armed forces...). Safran now has more than 1,700 employees located in 5 production facilities and 1 design office.

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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.

In the landing gear segment, the Group supplies systems for Boeing and Airbus military and commercial aircraft, as well as Bombardier aircraft.

In addition, Safran provides the nacelles and thrust reversers for the Bombardier business jet, designs and produces onboard avionics systems, business and regional aircraft interiors, and provides customer support for the area North America in the field of nacelles.

Safran's plant in Ajax, Ontario, specializes in the design, development, production and maintenance of aircraft landing systems, while the Mirabel, Quebec, site manufactures large landing gear components.

The Kirkland site in Quebec manufactures interior equipment (corridors, lavatories, doors, lighting, cockpit equipment, furniture and counter tops) for the majority of Bombardier business jets, particularly the Global and Challenger ranges, as well as equipment for commercial aircraft including the Airbus A350 and A220.

Through its site in Mirabel, 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 and avionics solutions. Safran's Peterborough plant, Ontario, designs, develops, produces and provides support services for engine control units, blade defrosters, onboard computers and steering, landing gear and brake control systems for North American aircraft and engine manufacturers.



Safran is strongly positioned to meet the modernization and development requirements of Canada's armed forces. The Group's 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.


  • 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
  • Local shot beaningLocal shot beaning © Christian Fleury / CAPA Pictures / Safran


Key partnerships

While Safran's success in Canada is largely based on its technological expertise, it also reflects the relations of mutual trust it has established with local partners. Safran provides 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, Bell, Bombardier and Airbus, and is also active in a number of strategic think tanks. Safran holds a seat on the board and executive committee of Aéro-Montréal and Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), clusters bringing together leaders in the Québec aerospace industry. The Group serves 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).

Safran is working with CRIAQ on several large-scale R&D projects. In 2013, the Group 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).


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