The Government of Canada is going to participate in a CAE research and development (R&D) program through a repayable investment of $250 million. The goal of CAE's Project Innovate, which will span five and half years, is to develop and expand CAE's current modelling and simulation technologies, develop new ones and continue to differentiate its service offering.

Under Project Innovate CAE will develop its next generation of simulation platforms for its civil aviation and defence markets. The company plans to create a state-of-the-art modular system that will be more efficient, easier to deploy and maintain, and will also enhance user experience. CAE will also develop technologies and training solutions geared towards joint and networked operations in order to be a training systems integrator in air, sea and land domains.

This investment is being made through Canada's Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI), which supports strategic industrial research and pre-competitive development projects in the aerospace, defence, space and security industries.