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5 Leading
Quebec Industries


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I would like to acquaint you with 5 industries that are a part of the backbone of Quebec. It is largely due to these five industrial sectors that Quebec is thriving and remains competitive internationally. They contribute greatly to the economic growth of the province and attract world-class companies.

This sector, on the cutting edge of technology, has brought multinational companies to Quebec, such as Bombardier, Pratt and Whitney, CAE, and Bell Helicopter, just to name a few. Did you know that Montreal ranks among the world’s capitals for aerospace, alongside Seattle and Toulouse?

Food Processing
Dairy, meat, canned products, baked goods and more! With 2100 companies in the processing industry, Quebec has no shortage of high-quality businesses in the food sector, such as Lassonde Industries, Saputo, Lantic Sugar, and many more. A recent study ranked Canada first out of 17 countries for food safety. What’s more, thanks to Canada’s numerous international agreements, the country facilitates trade of its products and thereby contributes to the economic development of each province.

Did you know that Quebec ranks 1st among the provinces for the production of iron and zinc and 2nd for gold and silver? Diamond, Nickel, niobium, copper, titanium, salt, graphite and numerous other minerals are also mined in Quebec. Global companies working in this sector include Glencore, Goldcorp, Tata Steel, ArcelorMittal, etc. Click here to view a map of mining production in Quebec.

With its major universities and acclaimed medical schools, Quebec is well positioned in Research and Development, as well as Innovation in the life sciences. Among the major companies specializing in this field are Thrasos Innovation, Medtronic CryoCath, and Pfizer Canada. Neuroscience, oncology and pharmacology are just a few of the specialties in this strong industrial sector of Quebec. The Infectious Disease Research Centre at Laval Unversity is one of many research institutes in the province. 

This expanding sector includes information and communication technologies as well as multimedia and microelectronics. Companies working in this domain, like EXFO, Digital Dimension and Creaform, have experienced significant breakthroughs and well-deserved growth. With a skilled workforce of graduates from first-rate universities, Quebec remains a key player, on the global scale, in advanced technology.

I hope I have given you a small taste of the strength of Quebec’s leading industries that contribute to the many benefits of Canada. I wonder, is one of these sectors of particular interest to you?


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