Artificial intelligence

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Great Montréal, world leader in Artificial Intelligence

  • A deep learning pioneer : Yoshua Bengio
  • The biggest and most prestigious group of deep learning researchers in the world
  • 250 researchers at Université de Montréal and McGill University
  • A unique hub: The Institute for Data Valorisation (IVADO)
  • Major investments: First Research Excellence Fund ($93,5 M)

The #1 University research hub in Canada

  • 1st in Canada for university research funding
  • 11 University Institutions
  • More than 155,000 university students
  • Largest number of university researchers in Canada
  • Two universities ranked among the top 100 in the world: McGill University and Université de Montréal according to to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016 

A labor pool of highly qualified workers

  • Most bilingual and trilingual population in Canada
  • Close to 75,000 specialists related to Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Almost 9,000 university students in AI and Data related programs

Tailor made incentives

  • Scientific and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit program: 15% from the government of Canada, and 14%, refundable, from the government of Québec
  • E-Business Tax Credit (CDAE): covers up to 30%, including 24% refundable, of employee salaries up to $25 000 per job per year
  • Tax holiday for foreign researchers and experts: Five-year Québec income tax exemption

Cost advantage

  • Competitive salaries
  • Most competitive operating costs in North America for an IT Business
  • Low mandatory benefit costs
  • Attractive tax treatment

Some of the companies that make Montréal’s Artificial Intelligence ecosystem great:

  • GOOGLE
  • MICROSOFT
  • AUTOMAT
  • BOTLER
  • ELEMENT AI
  • ENVISION.AI
  • FINN.AI
  • FLUENT.AI
  • FUZZY.AI
  • GIRO
  • IMAGIA
  • INRO
  • ISENTIUM
  • JDA
  • NUANCE
  • POTLY

L’avis de Microsoft

« Microsoft is excited to engage with faculties, students and the broader tech community in Montreal, which is becoming a global hub for AI research and innovation. »

Brad Smith, Président de Microsoft

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