Exceptional potential for innovation

When it comes to aerospace, Québec means innovation.


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  • Québec has about 20 public and private research centres that work closely with priva­te companies and play a key role in driving innovation for products and services.
  • Major R&D investors such as Pratt & Whitney, Bombardier Aerospace and CAE are located in Montréal.
  • More than 70% of all Canadian aerospace R&D is carried out in the Greater Montréal area, representing an investment of approximately $700 million a year.


If you’d like to learn more about the issues facing Québec’s aerospace industry, a number of industry stakeholders and associations provide information and opportunities for dialogue.



Photo of a satellite orbiting the Earth and the logo, courtesy of the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ)Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ)


This consortium was formed by a number of aerospace companies wishing to undertake joint R&D projects. CRIAQ Open a new window's mission is to harness the power of innovation and pool competencies and capabilities in order to find solutions to the aerospace industry's concerns. It's a wonderful example of the spirit of cooperation and mutual support that characterizes the industry!



The SA2GE project Open a new window aims to perfect smarter, more effective technologies in order to reduce the environmental footprint of aircraft.


In 2010, several large companies joined forces for this project and pooled their expertise with that of Québec SMBs, universities and research centres.


In spring 2018, the Québec government launched a call for Phase 3 projects Open a new window, which will be executed over three years. This phase will include technology demonstration subprojects for a total investment of $50 million, which will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Québec and worldwide.


Contact your expert

Linda Bergeron

Project Manager, Montréal

514 873-4664