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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

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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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An Unparalleled Business Environment

Québec’s economy is creative, innovative, competitive and open to the world.

Investing in Québec means benefitting from a competitive fiscal environment with low installation and operation costs. Find out more about the advantages of investing in Québec(French only).

For more information, contact Investissement Québec.

Strategically positioned between Europe and America

As a natural gateway to North America, Québec enjoys privileged access to a market of more than 460 million consumers through its participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

A dynamic economic environment

For more information about economic initiatives, consult the following documents:

An Economy with Strong Human Capital

A workforce with extraordinary creativity

Québec excels in multiple industries thanks, in part, to specialized expertise and a skilled workforce. Québec’s know-how and prodigious creativity are recognized worldwide.

A specialized and highly skilled workforce

The Québec workforce is made up of skilled, educated and experienced workers:

  • 86 % of Québec’s population holds a secondary or post-secondary degree
  • 29 % of the population holds a certificate, diploma, bachelor’s degree or graduate diploma.

A multilingual population

A population with a mastery of several languages:

  • 43 % of Québec’s population (3.5 million people) speaks French and English
  • Montréal, one of the largest French-speaking cities in the world, is a culturally rich cosmopolitan metropolis.

An abundant pool of talent and ressources to be tapped

Québec benefits from a high concentration of expertise owing to a strong network of colleges and universities and an extensive research infrastructure in strategic areas.

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