The Québec aerospace industry is composed of world-class manufacturers, renowned OEMs, top-notch subcontractors and suppliers, prestigious and unique educational institutions that train a skilled and highly competitive workforce, and prominent research centres. It is also home to the headquarters of international organizations such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
This concentration of key players from the aerospace industry’s corporate, academic, scientific and association sectors gives the region an exceptional industrial and research capability.
With 98% of Québec’s aerospace activity concentrated in Greater Montréal, the region is one of world’s leading aerospace centres, along with Seattle and Toulouse.
The Greater Montréal region also has the second-largest density of aerospace jobs in the world. One in 189 Québecers work in the aerospace industry. In Montréal, one person in 96 works in a job related to the aerospace sector.
Québec’s aerospace sector represents:
• Some 215 companies;
• More than 42,500 workers;
• Montréal, the 2nd world capital in terms of density of aerospace jobs with 1 person out of 96 whose work is related to the sector;
• Sales of $12.1 billion of which 80% come from exports;
• 6th place worldwide after the United States, France, Germany, the UK and Japan;
• 55% of Canadian aerospace sales;
• 50% of jobs in the Canadian industry;
• 70% of total spending on research and development (R&D) performed in Canada.