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Optics-photonics: Expertise and innovation

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The presence of global optics-photonics leaders gives Québec a comman­ding presence in markets related to photonics applications, including analytical instrumentation, tests and measurements, imaging, and high-performance vision, optical communications and fibre-optic systems. Notable examples include ABB Open a new window, Creaform3D Open a new window, EXFO Open a new window, MPB Communications Open a new windowand TeraXion Open a new window.


For the last 50 years, Québec has been a hub of optics-photonics expertise built on knowledge and innovation, offering businesses a wealth of resources and advantages:


  • world-class research centres that drive industry developments and serve as partners in new technologies;
  • a variety of companies active in global markets;
  • a qualified, available workforce.

Research centres with a vision!

Institut national d’optique (INO)

INO Open a new windowis a world-class institution specializing in applied optics and photonics and the largest centre for industrial optics-photonics expertise in Canada. It has been serving businesses for over 20 years.


Centre d’optique, photonique et laser (COPL), Université Laval

COPL Open a new window, Canada’s biggest university research centre in optics-photonics, specializes in guided-wave optics and fibre optics, lasers and short pulses, optical communications, biopho­tonics, optical engineering and photonic materials. In its role as a research incubator, COPL is ideally positioned to attract some of the world’s top researchers, and does so success­fully year after year.


Bright prospects for Québec’s optics-photonics industry

Québec’s optics-photonics industry is very active. To accelerate its growth still further, the Québec Photonic Network Open a new window(QPN), an association representing stakeholders active in the sector, works to promote the industry.


Contact your expert

Linda Bergeron

Project Manager, Foreign Direct Investments,
Development of Regional Affairs Department, Montréal

514 876-9042