Collaboration in innovation is the driving force behind Québec’s aerospace industry. The Greater Montréal region is home to seven universities active in aerospace research and more than 10 renowned public and parapublic research centres.
The presence of so many organizations dedicated to supporting innovation creates dynamic synergies that propel research and development. More than $1 billion a year is invested in research and development in Québec. This represents 70% of all research and development investments in the Canadian aerospace industry. In Québec, aerospace innovation mobilizes more than 13,000 engineers and scientists and innovation has enabled the aerospace industry here to remain at the forefront of research and development.
The CAMAQ's mission is to promote professional development perspectives and excellence of the Québec aerospace industry's workforce, including the aerospace manufacturing, airline and airport industries, and help to support growth to respond proactively to the needs of business and labor sector.
The CAMAQ collects employment data from more than 500 businesses and airports representing nearly 60,000 aerospace workers in Quebec, recognized as one of the most skilled workers in the world. Our actions, resulting from the consultation that we promote among organizations, workers, educational institutions and all levels of government, provide adequacy between training-skills-employment that meets the highest world standards of the aerospace industry.
CRIAQ is a unique innovation network in the world of industrial and academic collaboration. Its mission is to support companies throughout the innovation process by offering strategic, financial and administrative support in the development of their R&D projects. Its expertise extends to all the needs of manufacturers in fields such as advanced materials and structures, artificial intelligence and digital technology, innovative design and simulation, aviation services and operations, energy efficiency and hybrid propulsion, but also UAVs and autonomous vehicles.
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
The CSA aims to be at the forefront of the development and application of spatial knowledge for the well-being of Canadians and humanity. It has a mandate to promote the peaceful exploitation and development of space, to advance knowledge of space through science, and to ensure that Canadians benefit from space science and technology, both socially and economically.
The Manufacturing Technology Centre of the National Research Council’s (NRC) Institute for Aerospace Research (IRA) aims to develop a core of expertise and develop modern aerospace manufacturing methods.
The Centre de technologie en aérospatiale (CTA)
The CTA, the technological transfer centre linked to the École nationale d'aérotechnique (ÉNA), plays an important role with SMEs, developing and maintaining training and technology transfer programs adapted to the market requirements of these companies.
The Centre de développement des composites du Québec (CDCQ)
The CDCQ is a collegiate technology transfer centre (CCTT) that is an integral part of Cégep de Saint-Jérôme, whose R&D and technology transfer activities are aimed at companies in the composites sector in Québec. It has offered a diploma in composite materials transformation since 1986.
University Research Institutes
University research institutes, such as the Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design & Innovation (CIADI), the Institut de conception et d’innovation en aérospatiale (ICIA) at ÉTS, the Institut d’innovation et de conception en aérospatiale de polytechnique (IICAP) and the McGill University all offer cutting-edge expertise in aerospace innovation and design.