Information and communication technologies
Where innovation and creativity come together
With its qualified workforce and renowned centres of excellence in R&D, Québec is in a class of its own.
- Québec, which boasts 210,000 workers specialized in ICT, is investing in the future and its seven world-renowned, accessible universities.
- Innovation is vital to the industry’s continued prosperity and development. That’s why Québec devotes significant resources to establishing dynamic R&D centres and networks of excellence.
- Businesses also invest in research, creating partnerships with universities to innovate and stay competitive.
Lots of big names call Québec home
Many of the high-tech industry’s biggest names have chosen to open facilities in Québec. Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Google, Microsoft, IBM and Teledyne DALSA, to mention just a few, provide state-of-the-art services and products in such areas as artificial intelligence, software development , microelectronics , multimedia , optics-photonics , consulting services and telecommunications .
Hopper, the app that’s changing the world of travel
The mobile flight-booking platform from Hopper, whose powerful algorhythm is able to process billions of bits of data, helps travellers save time and money by predicting airfares and hotel prices with 95% accuracy. It’s now the fastest-growing travel app in the world. With the company having just obtained a $100-million investment to ramp up its expansion and pursue its AI work, that level of growth seems likely to continue. Hopper is ranked 33rd on Fast Company’s 2018 list of the world’s 50 most innovative companies.
The 3D scanner of the future
Creaform 's HandySCAN 3D portable scanner is the first self-positioning 3D scanner. The cutting-edge device has a wide range of applications in the aerospace, automotive, energy and consumer product industries. Easy to use and known for its high precision, the HandySCAN 3D seems to come to us straight from the future and earned Creaform a Red Dot Award in 2016. The company also received a Investissement Québec Innovative Manufacturers award in 2017.
Québec start-ups booming
With so many incubators offering training and technical support, Québec is fertile ground for the emergence of smart, promising businesses that use new technologies to find innovative solutions to all sorts of challenges. Examples include Frank & Oak, Busbud, Provender, Flightfox, Hexoskin, Transit App and Lightspeed, to name just a few. In addition to taking root in a stimulating environment, these start-ups are able to find funding with the help of Québec’s venture capital funds.
A big future for EXFO
Since EXFO was founded in Québec City in the 1980s, it has become a world-class player in the industry employing more than 1,600 people in 25 countries and serving over 2,000 customers in a hundred countries—a success it owes to its talent for innovation! EXFO is now the world’s leading manufacturer of optical test solutions, the second-ranked manufacturer of wireless network analyzers and simulators and the second-biggest supplier of portable testing solutions.
Putting the spotlight on research
With its generous tax measures that can cut R&D costs by almost 35%, Québec has successfully encouraged many world-renowned companies to establish research centres in the province. Examples include Autodesk , Ericsson , Google , IBM Bromont , and Morgan Stanley . What’s more, foreign researchers can benefit from a five-year provincial income tax exemption for R&D.
The RFID bracelet by Intellitix
Thanks to the RFID-enabled wristband, created by Intellitix , crowds have become much easier to manage. The wristband allows participants to enter event grounds by waving their hand in front of a sensor. Intellitix, founded by Serge Grimaux and his team of engineers and IT specialists, won numerous major contracts for events like the Coachella festival in California. Today, the RFID bracelet is used at nearly 70 events in 15 countries.