In addition to being a political capital, Québec City excels in numerous key industries thanks to the innovation and energy of its entrepreneurs, creators, and researchers. Québec City is rooted in the knowledge economy drawing on science, expertise, and innovation to carve out a niche in exclusive driving sectors. Competitive yet cooperative, Québec City boasts an entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem that is ideal for investment and business development. These key industries help the meeting industry thrive.

Québec City Key Figures

  • Canada’s highest ratio of researchers to population
  • 5,500 researchers and associates in cutting-edge fields
  • 400 laboratories, research centres and institutes, groups, and consortia and 120 R&D companies
  • 5 universities included Université Laval, the oldest French-language university in North America
  • 16 colleges and technical institutions and 22 vocational schools and specialized institutes
  • 20,000 new university and college graduates each year
  • 40% of the jobs created over the last 10 years are knowledge-based
  • 52% of the population age 15 to 44 years old is bilingual (English and French)
  • 101 government head offices – 37,000 jobs
  • More than 40 industrial zones and parks in the Québec City CMA
  • Nearly 30 million sq. ft of technology spaces
  • Over 4,100 companies

7 Key Industries of Québec City

At the Top of the Sharp

  • Ranked in the Top 7 and Smart 21 of the world’s smartest cities (2012–2014)
  • Ranked first for low operating costs among cities with over 100,000 residents in Canada, the U.S., and Europe
  • (KPMG Competitive Choice, 2016) 
  • First in Québec and seventh in Canada for GDP (Conference Board, 2018) 
  • One of the top ten “Mid-Sized American Cities of the Future” plus a top ten ranking for “Business Friendliness”  (2017–2018) 
  • Top 10 worldwide for its diversified industrial base (Statistics Canada, 2016)

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