Information and Communication Technologies
Québec: fertile ground for information and communication technologies.
During the 2000s, Québec established its reputation in information technology services thanks in large part to the expertise and stability of its workforce. Québec currently stands out in emerging and extremely promising niches such as video games, animation, special effects, Web services and mobile applications
A knowledge-rich environment
- Nearly 7,000 companies that employ over 180,000 people.
- Québec’s electronic game industry represents roughly 80 companies specializing in development, publishing, production services, software and interactive applications. Close to 9,000 people are employed by these companies.
Research and innovation
Home to several centres and groups dedicated to industrial research, including:
- The National Optics Institute (INO)
- The Québec Centre for Industrial Research (CRIQ)
- The Computer Research Institute of Montréal (CRIM)
- The Partnerships for Research on Microelectronics, Photonics and Telecommunications (PROMPT)
- The Society for Arts and Technology (SAT)
- Numerous College Centres for the Transfer of Technologies (CCTT)
Québec’s photonics industry has over 110 companies employing more than 6,200 highly skilled workers. Industry sales are estimated at $760 million per year.
Québec’s photonics industry is extremely innovative. In this regard, it relies on six universities and research institutes, as well as on some 40 laboratories. The following are among the most important: National Optics Institute (INO), Defence Research and Development Canada - Research Centre at Valcartier (DRDC Valcartier) and the Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL) at Université Laval, which is the largest university-based photonics research centre in Canada.
The Québec photonics industry’s strengths are in fiber lasers, sensors, instrumentation, imaging and digital vision, optical design, optical fiber and fiber components.
To learn more about Québec’s information and communication technology industry, contact the Québec Government Office covering your territory.