The microelectronics industry has been experiencing steady growth in Québec—about 8,300 people work in this industry (2012), the majority of whom are employed by about 10 companies, including IBM, Matrox and Teledyne DALSA. The main areas of activity are:
|Company||No. of Employees||Specialty|
|90||Onboard electronics design|
|Averna Technologies||225||Global electric and electronic test bench solutions|
|C-MAC Microcircuits ULC||115||
Manufacturing semiconductors and other electronic components
|Esterline CMC Electronics||810||
Designing, manufacturing, selling and providing technical support for high-tech electronic products
|Excelitas Technologies||230||Optoelectronic components and subsystems|
|Gentec||180||Laser measurement devices and technologies|
|IBM||1,500||Assembling and testing flip chips|
|Teledyne Dalsa||465||Manufacturing semiconductors using specialized processes such as MEMS|
|Varitron Technologies||215||Electronic manufacturing services|
Officially opened in 2011 thanks to a unique partnership between Université de Sherbrooke, Teledyne DALSA and IBM Canada, C2MI is Canada’s largest R&D centre focusing on electronic systems as well as a global innovation hub. The centre represents a total investment of over $220 million. (C2MI ).
C2MI is a key component of North America’s northeastern microelectronics corridor, one of the industry’s largest hubs in the world. The Centre’s mission is to become the global leader in packaging the next generations of microchips, primarily through the following activities:
In addition, C2MI serves as a bridge between universities and the private sector, helping achieve their common goal of manufacturing complex microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).
The many transformations that the Internet of Things will bring about must be supported by technological capacities whose limits will be constantly pushed back. It is here that C2MI and the electronic systems industry will have a key role to play in the Canadian economy in order to fulfil and support all the possibilities that this new digital world offers. At C2MI, bold entrepreneurs come together with scientific expertise and exciting new ideas to create a place where innovation has no limits.”
Louis Labelle, Bromont Plant General Manager, IBM Canada
July 22, 2015, press release
Québec's 26.9% tax rate is one of the lowest in North America, giving companies that locate here a clear competitive edge.