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A long-term and sustainable strategy

  • A total area of 1.2 M km2 north of the 49th parallel, covering 72% of Québec territory
  • Overall public and private investments exceeding 50 billion dollars by 2035
  • A planned, coordinated project based on social acceptability, partnerships, private investment and support for communities
  • Governance structure focused on collaboration between the government, regions, Aboriginal nations and the private sector

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A framework for prosperity

  • 3 policy directions :
    • Develop the diversified economic potential of northern Québec in a responsible way
    • Support the development of the communities to help them achieve their full potential and improve their living conditions
    • Implement mechanisms to dedicate 50 % of the area covered by the Plan Nord to non-industrial purposes, environmental protection and biodiversity conservation by 2035
  • Factors for success :
    • Developing and improving road, rail and maritime links
    • Facilitating access to clean, economical energy
    • Improving telecommunications infrastructure
    • Increasing scientific knowledge and technical expertise, especially through the establishement of the Institut nordique du Québec, an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional centre for research and innovation

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Exceptional investment opportunities

  • Vast range of metals and minerals (nickel, cobalt, zinc, iron ore, ilmenite, gold, diamond, apatite, lithium, vanadium, graphite, rare earths)
  • Significant hydraulic, wind and solar development potential
  • 200 000 km2 of forests (53% of Québec’s operable forests) with an annual harvest potential of 11.8 million m3 of lumber.
  • Diverse cultures, unique landscapes and exceptional wildlife worthy of world-class tourist destinations

Québec : your next business destination

  • One of the lowest corporate tax rate in North America; no capital tax
  • Some of the world’s most advantageous investment and R & D incentives
  • A large and growing economic market and a well-regulated financial sector
  • Energy costs are on average 30.6% lower than in G7 countries
  • Access to clean and reliable energy
  • Free and accessible public health system that significantly reduces employers’ contribution to employee benefit plans

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An ambitious, visionary plan

  • Overall investments exceeding nine billion dollars over 15 years
  • Investments of more than two billion dollars in infrastructure
  • Thousands of business opportunities in the maritime industry
  • Direct access to Northern Québec’s resources

Enormous potential for investors

  • A structured and high-performing maritime economy
  • A business environment favorable to private investment
  • The creation of industrial port zones offering competitive advantages
  • The development of logistical hubs that satisfy specific markets and needs

One of the world’s most efficient intermodal systems

  • A strategic port network consisting primarily of the ports of Montréal, Trois-Rivières, Bécancour, Québec City and Sept-Îles
  • A road system connected to Canadian and American ports and (Interstate) highway systems
  • Three rail networks: Canadian Pacific (CP), Canadian National (CN) and CSX Transportation
  • Access to five border crossings that service the bulk of trucking operations to and from the United States: Windsor-Detroit, Niagara-Fort Erie, Sarnia, Lacolle and Lansdowne
  • Three international airports: Montréal, Québec City and Montréal-Mirabel

Québec’s maritime territory

  • Stretching over 3,200 km, the St. Lawrence River is the largest navigable waterway in North America
  • A gateway to a pool of 475 million North American consumers
  • The shortest route between Europe and the heart of North America

Responsible development

  • A planned, integrated approach and a sustainable development perspective
  • A target of 10% of the marine territory set aside for protected marine areas
  • Two factors for success: the active involvement of communities and the social acceptability of the projects
  • A relationship of trust and ongoing dialogue with the communities concerned
  • Maritime tourism that is respectful of Québec’s incredibly rich ecosystems in terms of ecology, heritage and culture

Quebec in the world

About Québec

  • Recognized expertise in maritime science and knowledge to be shared
  • An available and skilled labour force
  • Infrastructure that is on the cutting edge of technology
  • A large and growing economic market

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