Montréal: Home to international organizations

More than 65 international organizations, including the headquarters of 4 UN agencies, have chosen to locate in Montréal. Indeed, the city has the third largest concentration of international organizations in North America. Among the most prestigious of these organizations are the International Civil Aviation Organization, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the World Anti-Doping Agency.


Why establish your organization in Montréal

Montréal is located in the heart of one of the world’s most stable and economically vibrant countries. The city offers international organizations and their employees an urban setting where they enjoy a safe, cosmopolitan environment, strong buying power and an exceptional quality of life.

Map of Greater Montréal’s international organizations

  • A large concentration of international organizations
  • The world capital of civil aviation— airlines providing 90% of the world’s air traffic have flights to and from Montréal
  • A multilingual population: +140 languages spoken (55% of the population is bilingual and 20% trilingual or more)
  • The safest city among the 20 largest cities in Canada and the United States
  • A strategic location: 90 min by air to New York and 1hr 45 min to Washington
  • The most competitive operating costs among the 20 largest cities in Canada and the United States
  • 2nd largest concentration of consulates in North America
  • University capital of Canada, with 11 institutions and more than 200,000 students, including 35,500 international students

International Organizations in Montréal

World-class events

World-class events

Montréal hosts more international conventions than any other city in the Americas! The city welcomes over 60% of international meetings held in Canada, putting it at the heart of major events shaping the world’s future.

The region offers a wide variety of extraordinary meeting sites. The largest of these is undoubtedly the Palais de Congrès. Located downtown, it’s linked to 4,000 hotel room by a network of underground pedestrian malls, featuring 552,000 sq.-ft. of leasing space.

  1. No. 1 destination in North America for the number of international congresses
  2. Short-term stays less costly than in other major cities
  3. Easy access to meeting locations via an excellent transit system

Tailored financial support

More than half of the city’s 65 international organizations have received support from Montréal International since its founding in 1996. Organizations wishing to establish their headquarters or a regional office in Montréal may be eligible for financial support from the Montréal International Development Fund, administered by Montréal International.

Additionally, the Government of Québec offers important incentives to non-governmental international organizations, including property tax exemptions for associations as well as income tax exemptions for non-Canadian employees.

“ Among other things, Montréal is well-appreciated for its rich ethnic and cultural diversity, charming lifestyle, safety and reasonable cost of living. All of these factors are important for an organization such as ours, as is the unwavering support of Montréal International. ”

Dr. Fang Liu

Secretary General, ICAO

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