Québec's bustling urban centres and position next-door to the U.S., at the hub of a highly-developed transportation network, make it an ideal location for business. In addition, its infrastructure is modern and efficient.
Québec offers ready access to Asia and Europe via its numerous deep-water ports, located in Trois-Rivières, Bécancour, Sorel-Tracy, Baie-Comeau, Port-Cartier, Sept-Îles and Valleyfield. Plans for two new deep-water ports are currently under study.
In addition to covering much of Québec, the rail network connects the Labrador Trough to the deep-water port in Sept-Îles. An increase in rail system capacity is planned to support new mining projects.
Québec boasts an efficient road network that ensures direct access to the North American market. Expanding road access to the Far North is a priority for the Québec government.
Québec is the world’s fourth-largest producer of hydroelectricity. This renewable energy is supplied at competitive rates by a reliable distribution system that covers a large portion of the province. An increase in generating capacity is already planned to meet the demand from new mining projects.
Sept-Îles is North America’s foremost ore port, with a total of some 24 million tonnes handled in 2014.
As part of the Plan Nord project, the government plans to invest in developing an integrated transportation system and has made it a priority. This will open up the Far North and benefit energy and mining projects, which have the greatest economic development potential.