When it comes to Canada’s aerospace industry, Québec is top of mind! Aerospace in Québec is a major driving force for the national economy and is known for its innovation, vitality and global competitiveness. The statistics speak for themselves:
One of the factors that set Québec apart is that it has four major prime contractors operating in key sectors: aircraft and helicopter manufacturing, engine design as well as flight simulators and pilot training. Prominent technical centres and world-class equipment manufacturers are also located here. This mix of complementary players underscores the vigorous, vibrant nature of Québec's aerospace industry.
The strength of Québec’s aerospace industry, which generated sales of $15.5 billion in 2015, can be attributed to a solid, dynamic industry cluster built around a stable core of internationally renowned businesses. This translates into an unparalleled capacity for production and research.
In launching its aerospace strategy in 2016, the Québec government has put in place measures to attract more foreign investors, including prime contractors and first- and second-tier suppliers. The strategy also includes initiatives for targeting emerging markets, such as the drone market, and bolstering the security and defence sectors..
The McGill Space Institute , led by astrophysicist Victoria Kaspi, opened its doors in Montréal in 2015. The MSI attracts world-renowned scientists and encourages interdisciplinary collaborations that may unlock mysteries about the evolution of the universe, gravity and extraterrestrial life. The MSI supports the development of technologies and instruments for studying the cosmos, including the South Pole Telescope and the new Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) telescope.
The Canadian Space Agency has its headquarters in Québec and is the site of major R&D initiatives in space technology. Key among them is the development of robotic arms (the Canadarm) for space shuttles and the International Space Station.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) both have their world headquarters in Montréal.
The Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), the country’s leading aerospace pole, represents five regional organizations. Its primary mission is to facilitate collaboration between the industry, academia and research centres to develop innovative technologies.
The industry is supported by an extensive network of airport, highway, railway and marine infrastructures that enable aerospace companies to serve the North American and international markets effectively. Québec has: