Québec is a gateway to the Americas, providing easy access to some 500 million consumers. Its transportation infrastructure is modern and efficient, allowing goods to be shipped by road, rail, sea or air, or by a combination of these methods.
There’s a long history of ingenuity and resourcefulness behind Québec’s intermodal transport system! Exploring the province’s enormous, 1.2-million-km2 landmass demanded considerable versatility and flexibility as the pioneers learned to adapt to the different seasons and varied terrain. Armed with that experience, Québec put in place a fully developed transportation system. Today, businesses have no trouble moving their goods through a combination of air, rail, road and maritime transportation.
When it comes to transportation by air, Québec compares admirably to other urban regions. The province possesses three international airports, 82 regional airports and 45 carriers serving some 140 domestic and international destinations every week.
Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
Located just 15 minutes from downtown Montréal, Montréal–PET Airport was used by 16.6 million passengers in 2016. Since 2000, $1.6 billion has been invested to modernize or replace the airport’s facilities and bring them up to the highest international standards.
Montréal-Mirabel International Airport
Mirabel specializes in cargo flights. Operating 24 hours a day, the airport provides carriers with very flexible schedules along with efficient, modern and competitively priced facilities. Landing charges average 75% to 85% less than in New York, Boston or Toronto.
The Port of Montréal is one of the world’s busiest inland ports! It’s also the biggest container port in all of eastern Canada. Located on the St. Lawrence River, one of the world’s major navigable waterways, it provides the most direct intermodal link between North America’s industrial heartland and markets in Northern Europe and around the Mediterranean.
Québec’s rail system is well integrated into the greater North American rail network, making the train another ideal option for moving goods.
In 2015, the Québec government launched a $1.5-billion Maritime Strategy to harness the province’s immense maritime potential.
Development of Québec’s maritime economy is a central thrust of the strategy, which calls for major investments in such assets as port infrastructure, the creation of two logistics poles in Greater Montréal, and various measures to strengthen the fishing and aquaculture industries and expand scientific understanding. The government also intends to invest $15 million in the coming years to develop workforce skills in order to maximize Québec’s know-how and expertise.
Learn more about the Maritime Strategy