Montréal: A major global aerospace centre

Greater Montréal is recognized globally as one of the world’s most important aerospace centres. Bombardier, Bell Helicopter Textron, CAE, Pratt & Whitney, along with more than 200 other specialized companies, make up an industrial cluster that will appeal to any investor with plans to conquer the North American market. It’s not surprising that Montréal is now considered one of the best cities in the world to set up an aerospace company.

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Industry sector data

2nd
most attractive country for aerospace manufacturing
+42,000
jobs
+200
businesses
50%
of aerospace activity in Canada
70%
of Canadian aerospace R&D

Montreal boasts a 360-degree aerospace ecosystem that relies on higher learning institutions and research centres to build connections with the industry.

With its well known master contractors and world-class equipment manufacturers and integrators, Montreal’s industry boasts an entire chain of dedicated contractors and suppliers.

Greater Montreal has developed state of the art expertise in several innovative sectors (electrical and electronic systems, motors, landing gear, avionics, simulators, etc.) in collaboration with the region’s research and teaching institutions.

  1. A pool of highly skilled and bilingual workers
  2. Direct access to international markets by virtue of free-trade agreements
  3. Fiscal incentives, including the Strategic Innovation Fund and the scientific research and experimental development tax credit
  4. The most competitive operating costs among the 20 largest cities in Canada and the United States
  5. Specialized training programs for aerospace workers

They chose Montréal

“ The development centre for all our simulators is in Montréal where we benefit from a remarkable pool of engineers. I like to remind people that the majority of commercial pilots flying the skies today were trained on simulators designed and built in Montréal. ”

Marc Parent

President and Chief Executive Officer, CAE

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Francis Langlois

Director, Business Development, aerospace – Foreign Investments