Touch down in the heart of the action

Illustration indicating sales of $14.4 billion in 2017 When it comes to Canada’s aerospace industry, Québec is top of mind! Aerospace in Québec is a major driving force for the province's economy and is known for its innovation, vitality and global competitiveness. The statistics speak for themselves:


  • 52% of the Canadian aerospace industry’s production is based in Québec, representing sales of $14.4 billion in 2017.
  • 80% of all Québec production is exported. In fact, aerospace ranks first among Québec’s manufacturing exports.
  • Major players have operations in Québec such as Bombardier Aerospace, CAE, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Bell Helicopter Textron, GE Aviation, Héroux-Devtek and Lockheed Martin.

Exceptional concentration of aerospace activity

The strength of Québec’s aerospace industry, which generated sales of $14.4 billion in 2017, can be attributed to a solid, dynamic industry cluster built around a stable core of internationally renowned businesses. This translates into an unparalleled capacity for production and research.


  • The Greater Montréal is a global aeronautics centre, rivalling Seattle and Toulouse; the region is home to 193 leading companies operating in the aerospace industry.
  • They include some of the world’s largest prime contractors, a variety of specialized equipment manufacturers, as well as suppliers and subcontractors with wide-ranging expertise

One of the factors that set Québec apart is that it has four major prime contractors operating in key sectors: aircraft and helicopter manufacturing, engine design, flight simulators and pilot training. Prominent technical centres and world-class equipment manufacturers are also located here. This mix of complementary players underscores the vigorous, vibrant nature of Québec's aerospace industry.

The industry is supported by an extensive network of airport, highway, railway and marine infrastructures that enable aerospace companies to serve the North American and international markets effectively. Québec has:


  • 3 international airports (in Montréal, Mirabel and Québec City)
  • 82 regional and local airports
  • Over 45 airlines serving some 140 domestic and international destinations every week


A map showing the locations of Québec’s airports


Contact your expert

Richard Deschênes

Project Manager, Development of International Subsidiaries, Montréal

514 873-4664