Tech culture and expertise
A knowledge-intensive city, Greater Montréal is home to 5,000 ICT establishments employing 93,000 people. No wonder a lot of special effects software is born right here. Montrealers’ love of technology combined with their endless creativity is just what the web, video game and visual effects industries need to thrive.
Schools and training centres
Growth in the industry is supported by a network of academic institutions that have integrated animation into all areas of the curriculum. The list includes Cégep du Vieux-Montréal, Institut Grasset, Centre NAD at École des arts numériques, de l’animation et du design, and the cinema departments at Université de Montréal and Concordia University, to name just a few.
Quality of life
Greater Montréal simply wowed Framestore’s British managers and creative minds with its combination of North American efficiency and European charm. An affordable cost of living, a vibrant cultural scene, joie de vivre, and a rich flow of ideas “are strengths that we haven’t found anywhere else.”
Mel Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer at Framestore
“The visual effects industry is growing fast in Montréal, a bit like the video game industry 15 years ago. Framestore is the first foreign company to locate here, but I’m sure others will soon follow because, with such a favourable business environment, the outlook is really great.”