PM highlights F-35 benefits at Waterloo high-tech company

Waterloo, Ontario
11 March 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today toured high-tech company Virtek Vision International Inc., where he highlighted the economic benefits of upgrading Canada’s fighter jet fleet and participating in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. 

“Canada’s participation in the Joint Strike Fighter program is translating into sustainable, high quality jobs across this country in the defence, aerospace and high-tech fields,” said Prime Minister Harper.  “Our Government is committed to ensuring that our brave men and women in uniform have the equipment they need to defend our sovereignty and carry out Canada’s important missions abroad.”

Virtek Vision has been contributing to the JSF program with its cutting-edge laser technology that helps workers assemble the F-35 fighter jets with a high degree of speed and accuracy. 

The Government’s participation in the JSF global aircraft development program has provided Canadian firms with the long-term opportunities to innovate and expand, creating jobs and economic benefits in communities across Canada.

The economic benefits of this program are already being realized across the country, with contracts awarded to 64 Canadian companies.  This investment ensures the long-term strength of Canada’s world-class aerospace industry.