Government partners

The Québec’s aerospace cluster has the support of various levels of government for its development, growth and influence.


Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Québec

The Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Québec promotes the long-term economic development of Québec regions. The agency provides direct assistance to Québec SMEs by providing consulting services and financial aid. It also promotes regional business communities, and organizations that support them.

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Industry Canada

Industry Canada works with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada's innovation performance, increase Canada's share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace.

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The Québec Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation

The Ministry's mission is to support business growth, entrepreneurship, science, innovation, export trade and investment. It also advises the Government with a view to favouring economic development in every region of Québec, in a perspective of:

  • job creation;
  • economic prosperity;
  • sustainable development.


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Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy

Since May 2014, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine has reported to the ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Occupation du territoire. The Secrétariat assumes various mandates to support the territorial, economic, cultural and social growth of Greater Montréal. One of its main responsibilities is to foster better coordination and greater coherence of government interventions in the metropolitan region. For this purpose, it favours concerted action among the departments, agencies and partners involved in the development of the metropolitan region. It also advises the departmental and government authorities on important questions or measures that have a significant impact on the Montréal metropolitan region.

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Montréal Metropolitan Community (MMC)

The MMC is a planning, coordination and financing umbrella organization for 82 municipalities. One of its objectives is to foster a common and shared vision for the Greater Montréal area, backed by an economic development plan and a coherent urban development master plan aimed at ensuring the region can compete on a global basis.

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Strategic partners

Norton Rose Fulbright

With more than 600 lawyers, patent and trade-mark agents in Montréal, Québec, Ottawa, Toronto and Calgary, we are the third largest law firm in Canada. For over 130 years, we have served the business needs of clients, both Canadian and international, established and emerging. Our team is one of the world’s leading Transport practices, and were recently cited as the highest rated law firm in multi-jurisdictional work, overall top of mind awareness and most used for high value work according to Acritas’ Canadian Law Firm Brand Index 2014. Our Canadian lawyers and professionals are recognized in leading legal and business publications including The Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers, International Financial Law Review 1000, Best Lawyers in Canada, PLC Which Lawyer, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, and more

Recognized for our industry focus, our expertise encompasses all transport sectors, including aviation/aerospace, rail, shipping/admiralty and trucking. Knowing how our clients’ businesses work and understanding what drives their industries is fundamental to us.

The lawyers in our Transport Team are regarded as top practitioners for the following reasons:

  • Exceptional industry coverage – Our lawyers advise and act for many leading companies with dealings in the transportation industry, including banks, insurers, P&I Club, shipping lines, ship operators, shipyards, terminal operators, railways, airlines and aircraft manufacturers, airports, trucking companies, customs brokers, freight forwarders and logistics providers.
  • Multidisciplinary team – We believe teamwork plays a key role in the success of our clients. Our lawyers have specialized knowledge of particular transport sectors, and work closely with colleagues practising in related areas, including tax, financing, labour relations and corporate and commercial law. Our expertise covers customs and international trade, equipment leasing, acquisition and financing, insurance, labour and employment contracts, litigation, logistics/transportation contracts, safety and security, ship building and acquisition and strategic alliances.
  • Large scope of services – We provide advice on sale and purchase or financing of assets and operations. We help clients obtain regulatory approvals and permits and draft and enforce contracts. We also represent them before administrative tribunals and civil courts, and support them with crisis management.
  • Global expertise – Our transport expertise in Canada is supplemented by an unrivalled transport expertise across the world including in the United States, Europe, Australia, Latin America, Asia Africa and the Middle East. With around 300 transport lawyers worldwide, Norton Rose is a worldwide leader in the transport sector.


Rankings and accolades

  • Best Lawyers in Canada (2012-2013): Maritime Law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2012): Consistently Recommended for Transportation (Rail & Road) – Montréal; Repeatedly Recommended for Shipping & Maritime Law - Montréal.
  • Who’s Who Legal (2012): Shipping & Maritime


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Canada’s business development bank

We are Canada’s business development bank and the only financial institution dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs.

Our mission is to help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services and indirect financing, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

Through our subsidiary—BDC Capital, we also offer a full spectrum of specialized financing, including venture capital, equity as well as growth and business transition capital.

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Export Development Canada is the Canada’s export credit agency. Their job is to support and develop Canada’s export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities. They are a self-financing, Crown corporation that operates at arm's length from the Government.

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Ontario Aerospace Council

The Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC) is a not-for-profit, non-share capital corporation governed by a Board of Directors representing all segments of the Ontario aerospace industry. Its goals are to enhance recognition of the Ontario aerospace industry as a leader in global aerospace markets and to build stronger capabilities in the industry to assure continued growth and prosperity.

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