A diversified workforce

Québec has invested heavily in postsecondary education, achieving one of the highest graduation rates in OECD countries.


  • QS Best Student Cities 2015 ranked Greater Montréal as the second-best city for students in North America and the eighth-best in the world.
  • Montréal is home to four world-class univer­sities offering high-quality microelectronics programs, all within a 20-km radius: Concordia University, McGill University, École Polytech­nique de Montréal (Université de Montréal) and Université du Québec à Montréal together with its affiliated school, École de technologie supérieure.

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Photo of the McGill University campus in Montréal, courtesy of McGill University McGill is Canada's oldest university and holds 24th spot for overall quality in the QS World University Rankings Open a new window.


Université de Montréal ranks fourth in the world among French-language universities.

Forward-looking education system

Québec's universities offer numerous programs in applied sciences, including a complete range of engineering programs.


  • In 2013, Québec universities granted almost 5,000 degrees in the fields of computer science, computer, mechanical and electrical engi­neering, electronics and telecommunications — almost 70% of them in the Montréal area.
  • Québec-based companies have access to a variety of engineering and computer science work-study programs offered by Québec universities.

No end of qualified workers!


Photo of microelectronics engineersQuébec is home to a large number of engineering firms, including some of the biggest names around: AECOM, CIMA+, Norda Stelo, Stantec and WSP Group, to name just a few. Over 61,000 engineers are mem­bers of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec Open a new window, representing close to 25% of all Canadian engineers.


For its part, the Association des firmes de génie-conseil du Québec Open a new window(AFG) (French website) boasted 41 member firms and close to 15,000 engineers working all across Québec in 2013-2014.

Québec's universities, businesses and research centres work in close cooperation. Those ties were important, for example, in fostering the creation of C2Mi Open a new window and ReSMiQ Open a new window, an inter-university research centre specializing in microelectronics. Such unique cooperative efforts help make Québec an innovative force in the industry.


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Benoît Larouche

Director, Business Development, New York

212 843-0976