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Subsidiaries of Foreign Companies

Foreign subsidiaries play a key role in Greater Montréal’s economy. Statistics Canada states that when compared with Canadian-based corporations, foreign-controlled companies offer higher productivity performance, higher wages and improved chance of having an R&D centre. That is why Montréal International (MI) and its partners proactively support these companies with services designed to facilitate their investment projects and their growth in the region.

At a Glance

  • Over 2,000 foreign subsidiaries operating some 2,300 facilities
  • Over 165,000 direct and 100,000 indirect jobs
  • 9% of all jobs and 13% of private sector jobs
  • Over 20% of the region’s GDP, nearly $26 billion in annual expenditures
  • $4.1 billion in annual government revenue
  • Almost 40% of all subsidiaries belong to the following three high-tech clusters: aerospace, life sciences and health technology, and information and communications technology
  • A major source of innovation and productivity

Top 10 Foreign Subsidiaries by Number of Employees

Company Industry Country of Origin Total Employment
Pratt & Whitney Canada Aerospace United States 6,000 – 6,499
Bell Helicopter Canada Aerospace United Kingdom 2,000 – 2,499
Ubisoft ICT France 2,000 – 2,499
ArcelorMittal Metals United Kingdom 2,000 – 2,499
Standard Life Finance and insurance United Kingdom 2,000 – 2,499
Merck & Co LSHT United States 1,500 – 1,999
ABB Energy Switzerland 1,500 – 1,999
Rio Tinto Alcan Metals Australia 1,500 – 1,999
Ericsson ICT Sweden 1,500 – 1,999
Rolls-Royce Group Aerospace United Kingdom 1,500 – 1,999

U.S. Subsidiaries

The United States is the source of nearly half of all foreign subsidiaries and the jobs that they generate in the Greater Montréal area.

Companies based in four states account for nearly half of all jobs created by foreign subsidiaries in the Greater Montréal area: New York (19%), California (11%), Connecticut (10%) and Illinois (9%).

The country’s ten largest states account for almost three-quarters of the jobs created by U.S. subsidiaries. Greater Montréal’s next-door neighbour, the State of New York, is the source of the largest number of the region’s foreign facilities (12%). California, with the largest population and economy in the U.S., is a close second. Next come Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey and Texas.

 Top 10 – Largest U.S. Subsidiaries by Number of Jobs

Company Industry Total Employment
Pratt & Whitney Canada Aerospace 5,000 – 5,499
Bell Helicopter Textron Aerospace 2,000 – 2,499
Merck Canada LSHT 1,500 – 1,999
Pfizer Canada LSHT 1,000 – 1,499
IBM ICT 1,000 – 1,499
General Dynamics Manufacturing 1,000 – 1,499
Laboratoire Charles River Services Précliniques Montréal LSHT 1,000 – 1,499
United Parcel Service Logistics and transportation 1,000 – 1,499
Molson Coors Brewing Agri-food 1,000 – 1,499
Kraft Canada Agri-food 1,000 – 1,499

Contact a Representative

Louise Thiboutot Louise Thiboutot
Senior Director, Business Development, United States 
+1 514 987 9366
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MarieClaude_HarveyMarie-Claude Harvey
Director, Business Development, Centre United States 
+1 514 987 9374
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French Subsidiaries

France is the second most important country of origin of foreign subsidiaries established in Greater Montréal, with 13% of all facilities and 12% of all jobs.

Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publishing and distribution companies, set up its main production studio in Montréal. It is the metropolitan area’s largest French subsidiary. Other major French companies such as Veolia Transdev, Sanofi and Danone are also present in Greater Montréal.

Top 10 – Largest French Subsidiaries by Number of Jobs

Company Industry Total Employment
Ubisoft ICT 2,000 – 2,499
Veolia Transdev Logistics and transportation 1,000 – 1,499
Vinci Logistics and transportation 500 – 999
C & D Zodiac Aerospace 500 – 999
L’Oréal Beauty products 500 – 999
Alstom Logistics and transportation 500- 999
Cofely Services Engineering 500 – 999
Sanofi LSHT 250 – 499
Danone Canada Agri-food 250 – 499
Lafarge Construction materials 250 – 499

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Alexandre_Lagarde

Alexandre Lagarde
Director, Business Development, Francophone Europe 
+1 514 987 9335
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U.K. Subsidiaries

The United Kingdom is the third country of origin of foreign subsidiaries established in Greater Montréal, with 6% of all facilities and 8% of all jobs.

The country’s presence is particularly noticeable in finance, aerospace and metals. The Montréal subsidiaries of Standard Life, ArcelorMittal and Rolls-Royce Group each have at least 2,000 employees.

Top 10 – Largest U.K. Subsidiaries by Number of Jobs

Company Industry Total Employment 
ArcelorMittal Metals 2,000 – 2,499
Standard Life Finance and insurance 2,000 – 2,499
Rolls-Royce Group Aerospace 1,500 – 1,999
Aon Hewitt Human resource consulting 500 – 999
Autobus Transco Logistics and transportation 500 – 999
HSBC Finance and insurance 500 – 999
Wolseley HBC-R Group Wholesale 250 – 499
Belron Automotive 250 – 499
Imperial Tobacco Tobacco manufacturing 250 – 499
Aviva Finance and insurance 250 – 499

Contact a Representative

Zoubida_AbdelkaderZoubida Abdelkader
Director, Business Development, United Kingdom, Ireland and Spain
+1 514 987 9337
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Subsidiaries of ICT Companies

The Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) cluster’s foreign subsidiaries have generated over 35,000 jobs in more than 400 facilities. They alone account for more jobs and units than the LSHT and aerospace clusters combined, even though Greater Montréal is acknowledged as a world leader in both of the latter industries.

As one of the foremost video game production centres, Montréal has attracted many of the industry’s major players including Ubisoft (France), Eidos Interactive (Japan) and Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. (U.S.). Moreover, information services leader IBM, and telecommunications giant Ericsson, are established in the Montréal metropolitan area.

Top 10 – Foreign ICT Companies by Number of Jobs

Company Country of Origin Total Employment
Ubisoft France 2,000 – 2,499
Ericsson Sweden 1,500 – 1,999
IBM United States 1,000 – 1,499
Autodesk United States 500 – 999
Tata Communications India 500 – 999
Xerox United States 500 – 999
Fujitsu Japan 500 – 999
Morgan Stanley United States 500 – 999
Eidos Japan 500 – 999
SAP Labs Canada Germany 500 – 999

Contact a Representative

Eric KucharskyEric Kucharsky
Project director, ICT Europe 
+1 514 987 9357
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Subsidiaries of LSHT Companies

The Life Sciences and Health Technology (LSHT) cluster’s foreign subsidiaries account for more than 17,000 jobs in some 140 facilities.

Foreign LSHT subsidiaries contribute significantly to Greater Montréal’s economic development and global reputation. Companies such as Charles River Laboratories – Preclinical Services Montréal, Merck Canada, Pfizer Canada, Sanofi and Sandoz Canada generate millions of dollars in capital and R&D investment expenditures as well as thousands of jobs.

Top 10 – Foreign LSHT Companies by Number of Jobs

Company Country of Origin Total Employment
Merck Canada United States 1,500 – 1,999
Pfizer Canada United States 1,000 – 1,499
Charles River Laboratories – Preclinical Services Montréal United States 1,000 – 1,499
McKesson United States 500 – 999
Jubilant Draximage India 500 – 999
Sandoz Canada Switzerland 500 – 999
Covidien Ireland 500 – 999
Sanofi France 250 – 499
Novartis Switzerland 250 – 499
Galderma Canada Switzerland 250 – 499

Contact a Representative

Christelle Fasano
Director, Business Development, Life Sciences
+1 514 987 9312
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Subsidiaries of Aerospace Companies

The Aerospace cluster’s foreign subsidiaries account for more than 11,000 jobs in more than 30 facilities in the Montréal metropolitan area.

Aerospace is an important part of Montréal’s economy. Home to Bombardier, the world’s third-largest aircraft manufacturer, Greater Montréal is also one of the world’s three major aerospace hubs.

With over 6,000 employees, Pratt & Whitney Canada ranks as the region’s largest aerospace subsidiary. Other major players, including Bell Helicopter Textron and Rolls-Royce Group, also have a significant footprint in the area and work closely with many local suppliers.

Top 10 – Foreign Aerospace Companies by Number of Jobs

Company Country of Origin Total Employment
Pratt & Whitney Canada United States 6,000 – 6,499
Bell Helicopter Textron United States 2,000 – 2,499
Rolls-Royce Group United Kingdom 1,500 – 1,999
L-3 MAS United States 500 – 999
Esterline CMC Electronic United States 500 – 999
C&D Zodiac France 500 – 999
Sonaca Montréal Belgium 250 – 499
RTI Claro United States 250 – 499
Messier-Dowty France 250 – 499
AAA Canada France 100 – 150

Contact a Representative

Pierre_BrouillardPierre Brouillard
Director, Business Development, Aerospace  
+1 514 987 9374
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