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Creation of a Centre of Excellence in Satellite Manufacturing in Montréal

Québec is supporting a $202-million project by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, May 9, 2017 - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates has announced plans to establish a centre of excellence in satellite manufacturing in Montréal and develop and manufacture next-generation satellite systems.


Photo of a parabolic antenna


The new centre of excellence will enable the corporation to secure its position on the global next-generation satellite system market and pursue potential contracts totalling over $500 million in the coming years. The project is expected to consolidate 169 permanent jobs in Québec.


Dominique Anglade, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy, announced today that the Québec government would provide a $45-million loan and a non-refundable financial contribution of $3 million through Investissement Québec in support of the $202-million project. The Minister was accompanied for the occasion by Mr. Geoffrey Kelley, MNA for Jacques-Cartier and Minister responsible for Native Affairs.


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“By backing this capital project, the Québec government is reaffirming its commitment to support the growth of the aerospace industry and the innovative manufacturing sector. This initiative, which is closely aligned with the main thrusts of the Québec Aerospace Strategy, will also give innovation and Québec’s exports a boost.”


Dominique Anglade, Minister of the Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy


“The establishment of this satellite manufacturing centre of excellence in the Montréal region will contribute to the development of Québec expertise in new space technologies. Thanks to its promising and highly innovative nature, this project will kindle the interest of the region’s young people in aerospace careers.”


Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region


“The company possesses acknowledged expertise and a solid reputation in the satellite industry. This new centre of excellence will be beneficial for the Montréal region’s business environment, especially the Jacques-Cartier riding. The Québec government is proud to partner with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates on this forward-looking project.”


Geoffrey Kelley, MNA for Jacques-Cartier and Minister responsible for Native Affairs

  • Located in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates is a global leader in designing and manufacturing telecommunication and remote-sensing satellite antenna.
  • The 2016–2026 Québec Aerospace Strategy has a five-year envelope of more than $250 million to capitalize on Québec’s strengths and the development opportunities arising from current and future shifts in the global marketplace.


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