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Québec: a visionary and innovative leader of the aerospace industry

The aerospace industry is a source of great pride for Québec. Its accomplishments and the reputation it has earned in Canada and around the world reflect the know-how of Quebecers and their ability to carve out a plsace for themselves in the high tech sector.


Québec’s aerospace industry, ranked sixth in the world for the size of its workforce, is, without argument, one of the jewels in the crown of Québec’s economy.

  • Nearly 200 companies, including some fifteen contractors and front-line suppliers, and 180 SMEs (sub-contractors and product manufacturers)
  • In 2015, 40,160 jobs and sales of $15.5 billion, with 6.6% average growth in sales every year since 1990
  • Approximately 50% of total aerospace industry sales in Canada
  • Over 70% of Canada’s aerospace R&D carried out in the Greater Montréal Area
  • Over 80% of Québec’s production destined for export


The strength of Québec’s aerospace industry lies in the sheer number of world-class contractors and equipment manufacturers established here.

Many are global leaders in the products they manufacture in Québec:

  • Bombardier, business and commercial aviation
  • Bell Helicopter, civil helicopters
  • CAE, flight simulators and training
  • Pratt & Whitney Canada, engines for regional and business aircraft and for helicopters

Nowhere else in the world is there such a concentration of top-notch contractors and equipment manufacturers active in such a broad range of fields (avionics, landing gear, systems integration, space-based systems, and others), which explains why Montréal is among the top global aerospace hubs, alongside Seattle and Toulouse.

A highly qualified workforce

Québec’s aerospace industry boasts a highly qualified and diverse workforce. Québec is also home to schools and colleges offering specialized training, as well as six universities with aerospace programs.

An excellent network of SMEs

An array of small and medium-sized businesses, including subcontractors and suppliers, offer a wide variety of specialty products and services ranging from parts machining, surface treatments, composite materials, and shot peening to rapid prototyping, hydraulics, avionics, electro-optics, and highly sophisticated software.

A sampling of innovative products

  • The CSeries aircraft designed and assembled in Québec by Bombardier features some of the most cutting-edge technological breakthroughs. For example, it is the most environmentally friendly airplane in its category thanks to its low energy consumption: 2 liters of fuel per passenger per 100 km.
  • Pilots employed by the main commercial airlines train in CAE flight simulators, while air traffic controllers learn on Adacel control tower simulators.
  • The air data computers manufactured by Montréal-based Air Data are the component of choice for a number of American and European unmanned aircraft system manufacturers.

International aviation organizations

Montréal is home to several major international aviation organizations:

  • International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
  • International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  • Société internationale de télécommunications aéronautiques (SITA)
  • International Business Aviation Council (IBAC)
  • Airports Council International (ACI)

Contact us

To find out more about Québec’s aerospace industry, contact the Québec Government Office covering your territory.

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