Life Sciences
We’ve got R&D covered!

This is an exciting place to do research. With a well-developed university network that includes four faculties of medicine and many related departments, Québec's passion for research, innovation and the advancement of knowledge is in plentiful supply!


Photo of two biologists looking at an X-ray of DNA
  • More than 10,000 scientists hold public-sector positions in the health sciences.
  • There are more than 20 public and university research centres in Québec.
  • Low costs, ready access to patients, high-level medical expertise and a population willing to take part in clinical trials, these are some of the reasons why Québec is truly a gold mine for clinical research.

A health system that believes in research

Photo of a Montréal Heart Institute student doing research, courtesy of Julie DessureaultQuébec boasts a number of research centres, groups and funds that have earned the recognition of the international scientific community. These organizations play an active role in sparking creativity and innovation in Québec and forging partnerships with the private sector.



A number of technology parks and incubators provide a home for Québec’s expertise and innovation. Several of these are in the greater Montréal region:


Super-hospitals of the future

Because we believe health is a priority, Québec has chosen to invest over $5 billion in the health system, notably to upgrade existing hospitals and build new, ultramodern institutions. In fact, Montréal is home to three super-hospitals, with off-shoot university hospital research centres:


  • CHUM, Centre hospitalier universitaire de l’Université de Montréal
  • MUHC, The McGill University Health Centre
  • CHU Sainte-Justine Mother and Child University Hospital Centre


CHUM - Centre hospitalier universitaire de l’Université de Montréal


Located in the heart of Montréal, the CHUM is an international health referral centre employing over 12,500 people, including:


  • 1,099 physicians;
  • 4,186 nurses;
  • 1,730 researchers, investigators, post-doctoral students and fellows and other research centre (CRCHUM) personnel.


MUHC - The McGill University Health Centre


The MUHC is one of the world’s best university hospital centres. It has the expertise of:


  • 1,587 physicians, dentists and pharmacists;
  • 12,000 nurses and hospital employees;
  • 2,100 people employed in research;
  • 550 researchers;
  • 1,000 graduate and post-doctoral students.


CHU Sainte-Justine Mother and Child University Hospital Centre


The Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre (CHU Sainte-Justine) is Canada’s largest maternity-child centre and Québec’s largest pediatric training centre. It thrives on the work excellence of over 5,400 employees, including:


  • 520 physicians, dentists and pharmacists;
  • 1,532 nurses and nursing assistants;
  • 204 researchers;
  • 411 volunteers;
  • 4,416 trainees and students.

Why choose Québec?