Sure. It's actually a pretty long list of recommendations that were made in the Emerson report and we have an equally long list of responses from the government. I'll focus on some key ones.
I'll start with what was announced in the most recent budget, which is really a commitment to work with the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada and other industry stakeholders and provincial stakeholders to develop a national aerospace supplier development initiative, which is essentially tailored off a successful model called MACH, which is with Aéro Montréal.
The government has committed seed funding that would begin next fiscal year and the balance of the funding toward that initiative would come from industry. It's meant to develop a world-class supply chain in Canada. The funds are geared toward small and medium-sized enterprises, where we're trying, for one thing, to bring up their performance. A lot of the funding that's provided is really about trying to make sure that people can rate and understand their performance and they can take action on where they feel they're underperforming, as well as a rating system so that the larger companies can rest assured that when they're dealing with a certain supplier they have a certain rating in terms of the quality of their work, so they're more likely to take part in a supply chain that's either local or global.
Another key commitment that was made in previous budgets, which the deputy has spoken of to some extent, is the $30 million that was provided to the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada. Again, that was modelled off a successful model in Quebec called CRIAQ. Emerson essentially said that the future of aerospace and for us to be competitive is based in innovation. That's really about trying to marry the research institutions, the academics, and the industry players in terms of making sure they can develop the R and D necessary for the future platforms in aerospace and space. That was launched already in terms of the consortium.
Another key deliverable was a recommitment to SADI, a five-year recommitment for $1 billion. There have been a number of very successful projects launched through that. I think since its inception 37 projects have been supported under SADI.
Another one announced in the same budget was $110 million for a tech demonstration program, which is, as I mentioned, under the automotive supplier innovation program and is trying to get at moving from basic research to commercialization. It's really about the government sharing in the risk in terms of making sure that companies make those investments that will be necessary for the future.
I should mention that Emerson also made recommendations that applied to other departments taking action. Two of them were in the procurement field in terms of defence procurement. For both of those, actions have been taken in terms of the defence procurement strategy. One of the key recommendations was that when companies bid for procurement contracts in Canada they should be offering an industrial package of investments that they plan to make in Canada and that will now be part of the bid selection process. That has now been implemented.
Another key one was with Transport Canada in terms of certification. Canada is viewed as a world leader in terms of how well we do our certification of aircraft. Emerson recommended that we continue to focus on that area to remain world class. Transport Canada is now consulting with industry on that.