Information and communication technologies
Software: A thriving industry

Hundreds of Québec-based businesses known for their daring creativity specialize in developing and publishing application and system software.


The playing field also includes major leaders of the industry such as Autodesk, CGI, Dassault Systèmes, Fujitsu, Google, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Kronos, OpenText, Oracle, Sagem and SAP.

  • back office software
  • personal software and groupware
  • engineering software
  • front office software
  • system and network management software
  • information management software
  • application development software and middleware

Consulting services for every need

ICT businesses that choose Québec also benefit from the guidance and expertise of large consul­ting firms such as Capgemini Consulting Open a new window, CGI Open a new window, Fujitsu Open a new windowand IBM Open a new window, as well as the services of numerous innovative SMBs such as ACCEO Solutions Open a new window, Ace Technology Open a new window, Alithya Open a new window, Cofomo Open a new windowand R3D Open a new window.

Global success stories

Québec businesses are known worldwide for their expertise and creativity. Many companies have earned international reputations for their superior products and services, and their success stories are inspirational.

Québec is home to many public research institutions and universities with experienced researchers working in partnership with the private sector. Here are just a few of them.


Centre d'entreprises et d'innovation de Montréal (CEIM)

CEIM Open a new windowprovides specialized consulting and related services for IT start-ups.


Centre for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO)

CIRANO Open a new windowhas over 230 affiliated professor-researchers specializing in different disciplines such as economics, finance, management, information systems, computer science and operational research, psychology, sociology, political science, law, history and medicine.


Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal (CRIM)

CRIM Open a new windowis an IT applied-research centre that supports companies in the start-up phase. Like an incubator, the centre provides training, invests in initial development stages and helps beneficiaries become independent, functional companies. CRIM has earned a reputation for the excellence of its quality-control testing.



The mission of Inno-centre Open a new windowis to accelerate the start-up and growth of companies by providing the business intelligence they need to succeed. The centre also provides a wide range of professional and support services to businesses and parapublic organizations.


Laboratoire de recherche en génie logiciel (GÉLOG)

This research laboratory contributes to the application of internationally recognized standards with a view to ensuring IT project quality. It develops means of enhancing software maintenance, software engineering standardization and software quality assurance. It also serves as a consultant to the private sector through productivity studies, IT project estimates and software quality analysis.


Mobile Computing and Networking Research Laboratory (LARIM)

LARIM Open a new windowwelcomes a large number of master’s and doctoral students as well as post-doctoral trainees and other students from foreign universities. Its research activities focus mainly on network infrastructures, services and related applications, taking into account the possible multiple effects of mobility.


Computer System Architecture Research Laboratory (LASI)

The LASI research team Open a new windowcomprises students, professors and researchers from the École de technologie supérieure’s Department of Software Engineering and IT. Their research projects revolve around five main activities: service and network engineering, software and design architecture, security, software re-engineering and model-driven engineering.

Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO)

The IVADO Open a new windowaims to bring together industry professionals and academic researchers to develop cutting-edge expertise in data science, optimization (operational research) and artificial intelligence. IVADO members provide data management methods and inform decision-making for optimal resource use. Some $230 million in public and private funds have been invested in the IVADO to date.


Centre de recherche en données massives de l’Université Laval (CRDM_UL)

The CRDM_UL Open a new window(French website) brings together over 30 researchers working on problems related to data processing and analysis. The CRDM_UL stands out because it does not use methods and processes related to big data—it develops them.


The Canada Excellence Research Chair in Data Science for Real-Time Decision-Making Open a new windowwhich is held by Professor Andrea Lodi, works to develop new tools and methodologies that will allow enormous volumes of data from multiple sources to be processed and analyzed in real time—in order to obtain useable knowledge and automate decision-making.


Montréal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA Open a new window)

Researchers from MILA have pioneered the field of deep learning and deep neural networks (both discriminative and generative) and their applications to vision, speech and language. MILA is world-renowned for many break­throughs in developing novel deep learning algorithms and applying them to various domains. They include neural language modelling, neural machine translation, object recognition, structured output generative modelling and neural speech recognition.


Group for Research in Decision Analysis (GERAD Open a new window)

GERAD is a multi-university research centre founded in 1979. It involves some 70 experts from a mix of disciplines: quantitative methods for management, operations researchers, computer scientists, mathematicians and mathematical engineers, from HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal, McGill University and Université du Québec à Montréal

Industry-specific associations give members a chance to network and learn more about the various challenges and opportunities for software publishing in Québec.



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