Global Business Reports


Catherine Howe, Sorina Dumitru

Québec Aerospace 2017

September 28, 2017

Driven by a culture of innovation and the presence of four internationally-renowned OEMs, Québec has long been recognized as one of the world’s top aerospace hubs. Nevertheless, as companies further along the value chain continue to offshore and outsource to lower-cost jurisdictions in pursuit of the most competitive supply chain, Québec must also adapt accordingly to maintain its leading position. Alongside its four OEMs and approximately 15 Tier-1 integrators, Québec’s aerospace industry is characterized by roughly 200 SMEs, many of which are impacted by increasing competition across the globe. Coupled with a growing preference of OEMs to work with fewer, larger suppliers, the lower tiers of the aerospace supply chain are marked by consolidation as smaller companies are bought up or drop out completely. A response to many of these trends has been formulated in the push towards new technologies, particularly under the Industry 4.0 banner, supported by the Québec government and Aéro Montréal both financially and in implementation. With strong strategies in place and an already-flourishing industry on which to build, Québec’s aerospace industry is unlikely to relinquish its prominent global position in the foreseeable future.



University of Sherbrooke places particular emphasis on ensuring practical experience for its students.
Mannarino develops flight-critical level-A software.
Concordia University is a public university located in Montéal, offering a bachelor’s and master’s program in aerospace engineering. The John Molson School of Business is the university’s business school.
Bombardier is a Canadian multinational and one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers.


"The real danger is that some companies may still want to trade off the old business model of six years ago."