Exceptional potential for innovation

When it comes to aerospace, Québec means innovation.


Illustration indicating “Over 70% of Research and Development conducted in Montréal”

  • Québec has about 20 public and private research centres that work closely with priva­te companies and play a key role in driving innovation for products and services.
  • Major R&D investors such as Pratt & Whitney, Bombardier Aerospace and CAE are located in Montréal.
  • More than 70% of all Canadian aerospace R&D is carried out in the Greater Montréal area, representing an investment of approximately $700 million a year.


If you’d like to learn more about the issues facing Québec’s aerospace industry, a number of industry stakeholders and associations provide information and opportunities for dialogue.



Photo of a satellite orbiting the Earth and the logo, courtesy of the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ)Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ)


This consortium was formed by a number of aerospace companies wishing to undertake joint R&D projects. CRIAQ Open a new window's mission is to harness the power of innovation and pool competencies and capabilities in order to find solutions to the aerospace industry's concerns. It's a wonderful example of the spirit of cooperation and mutual support that characterizes the industry!



The SA2GE project Open a new window (french website), which first took flight five years ago, aims to reduce the negative impact of aircraft on the environment. For this project, six large companies joined forces and pooled their expertise with that of 21 SMBs.


Its five sub-projects focus on designing new composite fuselage structures, more efficient engines, next-generation landing gear, and integrated avionics for both cockpit applications and critical systems. It’s an eloquent example of how technological innovation and environmental awareness can go hand in hand!



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Nathalie Rivard

Director, Business Development, Los Angeles

310 209-3332