Why Québec?
Innovations and Commercial Successes

Innovation and creativity are part of Quebecers’ DNA, but it’s their ingenuity and sense of daring that allow them to capitalize on those strengths. The result? Projects that have people everywhere talking!


That tradition of creativity, daring and ingenuity is reflected directly in Québec’s labour market:


  • 30% of Canada’s R&D jobs are found in Québec;
  • Québec is home to 40% of all Canadian companies doing R&D.
  • Québec and innovation: Success stories

    Photo of a child using an asthma inhalerHealthcare innovation!
    Many well-known medications were discovered in Québec labs! For instance, the combination therapy that enables so many people with HIV to enjoy long, fulfilling lives was developed here. Singulair, a drug that prevents and controls asthma and helps relieve seasonal allergy symptoms like rhinitis and hay fever was also developed in Québec. Those are just two examples of Québec’s exceptional capacity for innovation!

  • Québec and innovation: Success stories

    Photo of a Pratt & Whitney Canada test plane at the Mirabel Aerospace Centre. Courtesy of Pratt & Withney Canada.A hub for integrated testing!
    Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Mirabel Aerospace Centre Open a new windowis now one of the largest facilities of its kind in North America! The centre is the global hub for Pratt and Whitney’s integrated flight test operations and houses state-of-the-art equipment, including two Boeing 747SP aircraft.

  • Québec and innovation: Success stories

    Close-up of a processorC2MI: A profitable public-private partnership!
    Université de Sherbrooke, Teledyne DALSA and IBM decided to consolidate their applied research activities in the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI Open a new window). Its mission is to become the leader in packaging the next generations of microchips. C2MI has become an essential link in commercializing microelectronic products in Québec and is a major player in North America’s northeastern microelectronics corridor.

  • Québec and innovation: Success stories

    Photo of JACO, a robotic manipulator arm created by Kinova. Courtesy of Kinova.The JACO robotic manipulator arm!
    Québec is the birthplace of JACO, a revolutionary tool developed by Montréal company Kinova Open a new window, which designs and manufactures innovative personal robotics solutions. Light and portable, JACO can be used in multiple applications and has proven especially valuable in giving disabled persons more autonomy.

  • Québec and innovation: Success stories

    Photo of NASA’s Curiosity rover. Courtesy of NASA. Courtesy of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Act)Teledyne DALSA on the red planet!
    When the Curiosity rover landed on Mars on August 5, 2012, the event was followed closely by Teledyne DALSA Open a new windowemployees. It’s hardly surprising: the rover was equipped with imaging sensors that they had built! The sensors are in fact the specialty of this Québec company, in keeping with its business strategy for battling fierce competition from Asia.

  • Québec and innovation: Success stories

    Photo of moving actors equipped with motion capture systems.  Courtesy of CDRIN (Centre de développement et de recherche en imagerie numérique). Academia and industry working together!
    In October 2011, Cégep de Matane inaugurated its Digital Imagery Research and Development Centre Open a new window(CDRIN), an unprecedented collaboration between the college, Ubisoft, Cirque du Soleil and some 10 other important industry partners. Located in Québec’s Bas-Saint-Laurent region, CDRIN focuses on research and technology transfer in the field of motion capture and digital imagery.

  • Québec and innovation: Success stories

    Screenshot of Dig Rush gameA video game to correct vision
    In cooperation with Ubisoft and Amblyotech, McGill University researchers have developed a video game to help people with lazy eye. This visual impairment is caused by weakness in one eye, limiting the individual’s ability to see in three dimensions. So far, the treatments available have not always been effective. Now this new video game can help correct this problem once and for all in just a few weeks!

  • Québec and innovation: Success stories

    3d illustration - Brain tumorA promising innovation
    A new method for detecting brain cancer could help patients live longer. Developed by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (“the Neuro”), McGill University, the McGill University Health Centre and Polytechnique Montréal, the method uses a powerful pre-operative probe to detect cancer cells so they can be destroyed.

  • Québec and innovation: Success stories

    Image of an interactive game created by the company TriotechTriotech: A company that’s leading the way!
    Launched in 1999, Québec-based Triotech definitely has the wind in its sails, thanks to its innovative ideas. One of its most recent proposals involves equipping roller coasters with simulators connected to big screens located along the track. Every step of the company’s manufacturing process is carried out in Québec. Triotech currently has about a hundred employees and facilities in 40 countries, including Turkey, China, Denmark and the U.S.

Here are just a few of the innovative companies operating in Québec:  


Major projects to spur development

Many players in the business world (large corporations, SMBs, research centres) are joining forces to launch projects that spur development and open new vistas for key economic sectors. These partnerships come under the stewardship of the Québec Research and Innovation Strategy (QRIS) initiated in 2010.


Here are five of those projects, representing investments of over $400 million:


  • Écolo TIC (green ICT)
  • Electric bus
  • Forest biorefinery processes
  • Green aircraft
  • Super hospitals and affiliated research centres in Montréal

Precompetitive research consortiums

A number of Québec companies have decided to form precompetitive research consortiums, thanks in part to government encouragement in the form of generous tax credits! By joining forces, these new partners can share the costs and risks involved in R&D projects.

Industrial research clusters

Businesses and public sector institutions—universities, technical schools, technology transfer centres and public research centres—have come together to form industrial research clusters. These coalitions serve as targeted collaborative research platforms focusing on the needs of specific industries.


Did you know?

Illustration indicating “R&D: Cut your expenses by nearly 40%”Significant tax advantages for innovation

Generous tax credits to promote public-private partnerships are available in Québec, making research profitable for everyone!







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