Québec is known as one of the most favourable locations for R&D activities. What’s more, thanks to its generous tax measures businesses can cut their R&D expenses. Québec boasts a number of private and public research centres that work closely with the private sector and promote innovation in products and services.
MacDonald Campus – McGill University
The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is internationally recognized for research that advances knowledge and solves problems related to agriculture, food and the environment. Researchers have access to world-class research facilities on both of McGill’s campuses and in McGill’s unique network of field stations. The Research Office helps link researchers with external partners and keeps researchers informed of funding opportunities and other research-related news.
Got a craving for an insect-based protein bar? Why not! Now you can reach for a whole new source of protein thanks to the young Montréal company Crickstart , which produces bars and crackers made of cricket flour. They’re rich in protein and fibre, certified organic and Canadian-sourced.
Researchers at the Quebec Agrifood Innovation Centre (CDBQ) have developed a new technology that makes it possible to extend—even to triple—the shelf life of many products, including fresh meat and cheese. Their high-pressure processing solution has the potential to cut food waste significantly.
An artificial stomach to test food
An artificial stomach was developed at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Food Research and Development Centre in Saint-Hyacinthe. Invented by researcher Yves Arcand, iViDiS is an in vitro digestive system that imitates the human body’s natural digestive processes. The innovation is a boon for agri-food SMBs, who will be able to pre-test new products before moving on to more expensive, human-focused clinical studies.
Founded in 2010 in the offices of the AG-Bio Centre incubator in Lévis, Khlôros developed the Fastactiv technology, which uses chewing to quickly release and facilitate the absorption of active agents.
OMAX, a nutrition bar developed by the firm Nutrifrance, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, has won numerous innovation awards since 2015, the most recent being a 2016 DUX prize for its improved product.
In 2001,Québec farmers and agricultural agencies set up Agri-Traçabilité Québec (ATQ), a permanent identification and traceability program that tracks agricultural products from farm to table. ATQ also offered its expertise to other producers in Canada and in Chile through its subsidiary Agri-Traçabilité International (ATI). Here’s a field where Québec’s trailblazing role was clearly inspiring!
Milkomax has invented a robot that milks cows all on its own. Roboleo can milk over 50 cows and collect 1,800 to 2,000 litres of milk per day, freeing up farmers to take care of their other tasks.
If you'd like to learn more about the issues facing Québec's agri-food industry, a number of organizations and associations provide information and opportunities for dialogue.
Fruits d’Or, a leading producer of cranberry and blueberry products, embarked on a major technological shift two years ago with the construction of a new smart factory equipped with a system of interconnected automatic systems. The move not only doubled its production capacity, it improved product quality as well. A big win, right down the line! Read our interview with Stéphanie Chagnon (French only), Fruit d’Or’s Vice President of Operations.
A foreign specialist or researcher who decides to settle in Québec can receive a five-year provincial tax exemption for R&D.
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