A pool of highly qualified workers


An educated workforce

A breeding ground for talent sustained by a world-class academic network

  • Top metropolitan area in the country in terms of the number of university level degrees awarded (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral)
  • 200,000 university students, including 32,000 foreign students
  • Best student city in the world according to the QS Best Student Cities 2017 ranking
  • Canada’s university capital

University graduates
5 largest metropolitan areas in Canada, 2000-2010


Source: Statistics Canada, 2013 et Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport du Québec, 2015

  • Vocational and technical programs designed to meet businesses’ needs

230,000 college students and 70,000 vocational students

  • A dense and diversified network comprising 11 university institutions as well as numerous colleges and vocational training centres

Reputable academic institutions

6 full-service universities

 A growing market

One of North America’s most dynamic and flexible labour markets

  • 2 million workers
  • Stable job growth, despite the global economic turmoil of recent years
  • Easier recruitment for companies- 3rd in North America and 4th in the world for low overall risk associated with recruitment, employment and workforce relocation

Source: Aon Hewitt, Consulting Global Research Center, 2013

A culture of innovation

  • More than 7% of the workforce is employed in a higher learning sector—a rate comparable to that of Dallas and San Diego

High technology job concentration (%)
20 largest metropolitan areas North America, 2012


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2013; Statistics Canada, 2013

  • 7th highest concentration of high-tech jobs in North America
  • An omnipresent culture of creativity and innovation

What Google has to say

«Montréal is recognized for its creativity and its educated, bilingual and cosmopolitan workforce, and we want to help keep the city at the “avant-garde” of major trends.»

Nicolas Darveau-Garneau, Managing Director, Google Québec

A synergy of skills

A unique climate of collaboration between university researchers and high-tech industries

  • The largest university research centre in Canada
  • Top metropolitan area in Canada for university research funding
  • 10% increase in university research funding between 2009 and 2010
  • Largest number of university researchers in Canada
  • A model based on collaboration and public/private partnerships

A welcoming climate

Immigration : a powerful economic development driver

  • 40,000 new immigrants each year
  • A society open to multiculturalism

A multicultural metropolis

The most bilingual and trilingual metropolitan region in Canada

  • 2.3 million residents speak English, that’s 6% more than in Vancouver.
  • 54% of the population is bilingual (French and English), compared to just under 8% in Toronto and Vancouver

Bilingual population
5 largest metropolitan areas in Canada, 2011


Source: Statistics Canada, 2013

  • Almost 20% of the population is fluent in three or more languages, compared to 11% in Toronto and 9% in Vancouver
  • More than 100 languages spoken – a key advantage for businesses with foreign markets

Find out more :

The commercial power : Direct access to the North American market
The economic power : The most competitive operating costs in North America
The financial power : Attractive tax treatment and tailor-made incentives
The industrial power : 7 clusters of excellence in high value sectors
The power to attract the best : One of the world’s top 10 hip cities
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