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Direct access to the North American market

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A strategic geographical location

A metropolitan region encompassing a population of 4 million located in Québec— Canada’s largest province

  • A 90-minute flight from Boston and New York City
  • Less than a one-hour drive to the U.S. border
  • An intermodal transportation hub: air, sea, land and rail 
  • Efficient flow of goods across borders

Direct access through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

  • NORTH AMERICA (NAFTA): Close to 500 million inhabitants 
  • CANADA: 35 million inhabitants / GDP: $1.8 trillion
  • QUÉBEC: 8 million inhabitants / GDP (2007 $): $360 billion
  • GREATER MONTRÉAL: 4 million inhabitants / 2 million workers / GDP: $189 billion

 Sources: Statistics Canada, 2014, and Institut de la Statistique du Québec, 2014

And the excellence of Canada

  • Ranked as the fourth most attractive country for foreign investment by the Global Opportunity Index- Attracting Foreign Investment published by the Milken Institute in 2013 and by the Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index 2013
  • Canada is considered “the #1 place to do business in the G7” for the 2013-2017 forecast period, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit (February 2013) and Invest In Canada (2013)
  • Canada’s banking system is considered to be the soundest in the world, according to the World Economic Forum (2013), for the sixth consecutive year

Did you know…

According to a World Bank report, Canada ranks #1 among G7 for the lowest number of procedures and least days required to establish a new business.

An accessible hub

  • A dense, efficient transportation network
  • Three airports, including two international airports
  • One of North America’s busiest ports 
  • An intermodal transportation hub: air, sea, land and rail
  • Efficient flow of goods across borders

Montréal’s airports

  • Montréal-Trudeau International Airport:

14.8 million passengers in 2014
Direct flights to 130 destinations

  • Montréal-Mirabel International Airport (cargo)
  • Montréal Saint-Hubert Longueuil Airport (regional)

Port of Montréal

  •  Transportation links to 100 countries
  •  Eastern Canada’s leading container port
  •  Annual traffic of 28.2 million tons in 2014

 An effective public transit system

  • Société de transport de Montréal (STM): the best public transit commission in North America in 2010 according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
  • 68 subway stations on 4 lines (a 71 km network)
  • 51 commuter train stations on 5 lines

Find out more :

The power of human capital : A pool of highly qualified workers
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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