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Lake Simcoe Regional Airport

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Located halfway between Barrie and Orillia in the Township of Oro-Medonte, the 595-acre Lake Simcoe Regional Airport (LSRA) is among the newest regional airport facilities in Canada. It is located in one the fastest-growing regions of Ontario and just an hour’s drive north of Toronto, the country’s largest city. LSRA’s location provides a unique opportunity for corporate aviation, yet another reason why businesses choose to make Simcoe County their home.

The airport serves an immediate catchment area of roughly 450,000 people and within a 90 kilometre distance of the airport, the regional catchment area grows to approximately 1.9 million people with a GDP of approximately $77B. The catchment area is a vibrant and rapidly expanding community with a strong and diverse employment base in key sectors such as manufacturing, public service, tourism and health and wellness. Simcoe County is home to a diverse and progressive business community that serves a wealth of sectors across the globe.

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Mission

To drive the region’s economic prosperity, enhance business opportunities, increase the region’s competitive position and support the travel needs of the community through increased connectivity.

LSRA Aerospace Development Fund

Supporting Investment Projects

The Lake Simcoe Regional Airport Aerospace Development Fund provides funding support for manufacturing, flight operations (corporate charter/ management / flight department), AMO (Aircraft Maintenance Organization), R&D and scheduled passenger service-related investment projects at the LSRA.

Eligible projects must demonstrate that they attract private sector investment, develop the aerospace sector in Simcoe County, create jobs and build talent, lead to broad positive economic impacts and encourage research and development, innovation and collaboration.

The fund is established on a three-year basis (2021-2023), with maximum funding of up to $100,000 per year (with unallocated funds to be rolled over to the next year). Grants up to 20% of eligible project costs to a maximum of $100,000 will be considered.

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Key Highlights

6.001` x 150`

Primary 6,001’ x 150’ runway

450,000

Serving a population base of over 450,000

560

Overall airport site and lands of 560 acres (owned)

$77B

$77B GDP of the Regional Catchment Area

15

15 fully serviced commercial development lots available

200

200 acres of additional lands immediately available for commercial development

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Airport Network

SOAN

Southern Ontario is set to experience significant growth over the next three decades and is one of the fastest growing regions in North America. Not surprisingly, demand for air travel across the region will follow suit. This growth presents significant opportunities for the region, local communities and their airports.

Brought together in 2015 and formalized in 2017, the Southern Ontario Airport Network (SOAN) is a forum for leading commercial airports in the region to work together, support growth and amplify the overall impact of air service.

The network consists of 12 of the most significant commercial airports in the region. The vast majority of Ontario residents – 88 per cent – live in the metropolitan areas that these airports serve.

QUICK FACTS

  • In 2016, 49 million passengers and more than 470,000 tons of cargo flowed through Southern Ontario’s airports. That’s estimated to grow to 110 million passengers and a million tons of cargo by 2043.
  • By the late 2030s, regional air travel demand is likely to outpace the current capacity of the region’s airports. If nothing changes, there could be an excess demand of around 20 million passengers per year by the mid-2040s.
  • The economic impact of passengers leaving the region to meet their travel needs elsewhere could reach as high as $15 billion in GDP.
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Designated Employment Lands

LSRA ECONOMIC EMPLOYMENT DISTRICT

The Lake Simcoe Regional Airport economic employment district is one of only four provincially designated employment lands in Simcoe County. Recognized by the province as an area that offers high potential to support the creation of high-quality jobs in the manufacturing and industrial sectors.

Uses include airport facilities and accessory uses, airport-related manufacturing, assembly, maintenance, processing, fabrication, storage and warehousing, airport-related training facilities, research establishments, wholesaling establishments and office uses.

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VISION

Growing air travel demand

The Strategic Plan proposes a vision for the development of LSRA and a path into the future, based on a range of business opportunities and industry trends that will benefit the communities surrounding the Airport in significant ways. The long-term and phased-in, demand-based approach to development is as follows:

  • Phase I – Position Airport to Enhance Corporate Aviation & MRO Opportunities
  • Phase II – Further Development of Air Service Business Case
  • Phase III – Support Sustained Mainline Scheduled Commercial Air Service
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TALENT
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Labour Force Within 60km &100km of LSRA

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2022
60km Radius
100km Radius
Total Population
908,663
7,122,958
Labour Fource
502,300
3,981,754

* source: Environics Analytics, DemoStats Trends

2032 (FORECAST)
60km Radius
100km Radius
Total Population
1,073,319
8,295,307
Labour Fource
572,347
4,461,918

Canadian Forces Base Borden

  • Only 44km away from the LSRA, located in the heart of Simcoe County
  • Although originally an air force training base, CFB Borden is now a training base for several elements of the Canadian Forces
  • The largest training wing in the Canadian Armed Forces
  • 21,000 acres of land, including a 6,000-acre training area and approximately 460 buildings
  • On average, CFB Borden trains 20,000 military personnel annually. CFB Borden employs approximately 3,250 military members and 1,500 civilians

The Canadian Armed Forces – Transition Group (CAF TG) works with Veterans Affairs Canada and other partners to provide professional, personalized, and standardized transition services to CAF members entering back into civilian life. Part of these transition services includes viable employment. CAF TG will help promote local employers looking to hire from the military.

CAF TG headquarters is located in Ottawa, with 9 regional Transition Units and 32 Transition Centres located across the country including Base Borden.

The Canadian Forces School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering conducts individual and specialized training for Electrical and Mechanical Engineering officers, as well as vehicle, weapons, fire control systems and material technicians.

The CFSEME conducts training for both the Regular and Reserve forces. The school offers 54 different technical courses and trains approximately 900 students a year.

Each year, the Canadian Forces Logistic Training Centre trains approximately 3,000 military members (both Regular Force and Reserves) and civilians. The CFLTC provides entry level training to Logistics Officers from all three environments (Navy/Army/Air Forces) such as Supply, Music and Explosives Training Cadres, of Resource Management Support, Food Services, Transportation & Traffic Training Cadres, and oversees Officer and Advanced Training. In addition, the CFLTC also trains sub occupations for Logistics Officers in the Supply Chain Management, Financial Management, Human Resources Management, Fleet Management and Food Services.

The CFLTC trains the non-commissioned members’ occupations of: Resource Management Support Clerk, Cook, Steward, Supply Technician, Ammunition Technician, Traffic Technician, Mobile Support Equipment Operator, and Musician. The LSRA maintains a good relationship with the CFLTC as quarterly military courses are being conducted at the LSRA as part of their scenario-based training.