Québec is an international agri-food giant, building on a rich rural tradition. All sectors of the industry—raw materials, processing, sales and food service—are thriving.
Accounting for close to 70,000 jobs, food processing is Québec’s top manufacturing employer.
Here are a few industry numbers for 2017:
Québec is vast and fertile—a generous land where excellent raw materials can be obtained or produced readily and affordably.
Canada—and hence Québec—is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which promotes free trade. Moreover, it has signed a number of trade agreements which partially or completely eliminate tariff barriers.
In force since July 1, 2017, the Canadian Free Trade Agreement aims to boost interprovincial trade and establish an open, efficient and stable domestic market.
Focusing on specific areas of expertise and recognized skill sets, Québec’s ACCORD niches and poles of excellence provide every Québec region with specific branding that they can use to gain greater visibility in Canada and around the world.
AgroBoréal , promoting Québec’s northern riches: The province’s northern resources fall into five categories: northern berries, seed potatoes and northern truck farming, non-wood boreal forest products, large
cool-climate field crops and livestock farming in northern-conditions.
Québec Nutri , Québec City region (Capitale-Nationale) : The food and nutrition cluster aims to create a pool of contact networks, advanced technologies and applied knowledge designed to help develop new health foods and support growth in local businesses. It supports the creation of new health foods as well as the improvement of existing foods’ nutritional value by using wholesome ingredients and innovative technological solutions.
Ressources, sciences et technologies marines : Maritime Québec (aquaculture, marine biotechnologies, capture and processing of marine products, and marine technologies).
Subject to Canada’s food regulation and inspection system, which is known worldwide for its stringent standards, Québec-produced food is of excellent quality.
Productivité innovation website (in French only)