Exceptional potential for innovation

When it comes to aerospace, Québec means innovation.


Illustration indicating “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.
  • Nearly 70% of all Canadian aerospace R&D is carried out in the Greater Montréal area, representing an investment of approximately $700 million a year.

  • Vector illustration of aircraftFrance’s ALTEN Group Chooses Montréal
    ALTEN Group, the European leader in engineering and technology consulting for the aerospace industry, has established a Canadian subsidiary in Montréal. The city won the group’s attention for its competitive business environment, talented labour pool and universities and engineering schools, along with its proximity to large urban centres in the northeastern U.S.

  • Vector illustration of a city with a train and an aircraft in the foregroundA Québec Subsidiary for LGM Group
    France’s LGM Group has opened an office in Montréal to service the North American aeronautics and rail transportation markets. Focusing on management and engineering for large projects, the company chose Québec for its strong industrial base and the presence of such multinationals as CAE, Pratt & Whitney and Bombardier.

  • Photo of a CAE flight simulatorStrong performance for global leader CAE
    CAE signed over $140 million in contracts for long-term civil aviation training services and ended its fiscal year 2015 with a total of 41 flight simulators sold, a strong performance that confirms its leadership position.

  • Photo of technician repairing an aircraft enginePratt & Whitney Canada to Invest Over $1 Billion in R&D
    The next generation of high-performance aircraft engines will soon become a reality at engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada, which will invest over $1 billion in R&D in Canada over the next four years, including some $650 million in Québec.

  • Photo of Gulfstream Aerospace’s G500 and G600 aircraftsGulfstream Chooses Two Québec-based Companies
    Gulfstream’s G500 and G600 jets will be equipped with flight controls designed at the Thales Canada centre of excellence in Montréal and Pratt & Whitney Canada's PurePower® PW800 engines assembled and tested in Mirabel.

  • Satellite dishes telecommunicationA Head Office in Québec for SII Group
    French group SII, a world leader in technology consulting and system integration, has decided to locate its Canadian head office in Québec. Designed to meet growing demand from Canadian companies with operations in aerospace, telecommunications and banking IT, this investment will create some 50 jobs.

  • Photo of a man looking at a digital table full of dataNorth American Expansion for Eurogiciel
    French group Eurogiciel opened a Montréal subsidiary in 2014 to boost its North American presence. The European leader in project support services plans to serve new clients in the aerospace and rail transport sectors and work more closely with such Québec businesses as Bombardier, Aerolia, MDA, Safran and Thales.


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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, 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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