Quebec's Landscape

While Canadians celebrate their country on July 1st, at Encore Travel we wanted to dedicate the entire month to the country with the maple leaf.

Every week, we offer you to (re)discover the provinces of the country. Welcome to Canada Month!

Week 2 – Quebec, “where the river narrows”

Did you know that Quebec comes from the Algonquin word “Kebec” which means “where the river narrows”? Well this is probably not the only fun fact you will learn today about the Canadian French speaking province!

Quebec is located in eastern Canada. Its largest city, Montreal, is about 64 kilometers (40 miles) north of the U.S. border. Quebec is the largest Canadian province in area (though the territory of Nunavut is larger) and the second largest in population, after Ontario.

Quebec is a mainly French-speaking society, and the defense of its language and culture colors all politics in the province. In fact, over 95% of the population is French speaking but more than 40% can speak both English and French. After Paris, the world’s largest French speaking city is Montreal. Quebec’s population is over 8 million. 

Most inhabitants live in urban areas near the Saint Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec City. Approximately half of Quebec residents live in the Greater Montreal Area, including the Island of Montreal. And even if Montreal is the largest city of the province, Quebec City is the capital.

Here is another fun fact for you: did you know that the province of Quebec is Canada’s greatest producer of maple syrup?

Main Quebec Industries

The service sector dominates the economy, though the province’s abundance of natural resources resulted in highly developed agriculture, manufacturing, energy, mining, forestry and transportation industries. 

Provincial profile

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Historic cobblestone neighbourhoods, bustling markets, outstanding National Parks, cosmopolitan cities and startup-friendly cost of living, Québec offers a winning combination of lifestyle and business excellence. Well known for its innovative spirit and creativity of its multilingual workforce, this province offers a jumping point to grow a global business. With an integrated system of colleges and universities offering programs tailored to industry needs, Québec has become a centre of research and innovation.

Industry insights

When it comes to aerospace, Québec means innovation. Major R&D investors such as Pratt & Whitney, Bombardier Aerospace, and CAE operate in the province.  As headquarters to the Canadian Space Agency and home to educational institutions, research centres and associations, Québec offers the right ecosystem to support business acceleration.

Earning a reputation for its creativity, artistic flair and mastery of leading animation technologies, Québec’s multimedia industry welcomes new players each year and is a leader in growth sectors such as virtual reality. World leading publishers in Québec include Ubisoft Québec, Electronic Arts, Warner Brothers and Gameloft.

Montréal boasts the largest concentration of artificial intelligence researchers in the world, thanks in part to the efforts of Université de Montréal professor Yoshua Bengio, one of the founding fathers of the deep learning movement and head of the Montréal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA). This has attracted major investments from Google’s Deepmind, Microsoft, Facebook, Thales and Samsung.

Spotlights on Montreal and Quebec City


Montréal is the largest city in the province of Québec, with a population of 4 million.

Bienvenue à Montréal! This metropolitan region is the second most populous city in Canada and boasts a patchwork of cultures and languages that allow people from different nationalities to thrive. As a city of great charm, providing a window into a rich French history enveloped with a modern-day technology ecosystem, Montréal offers investors a distinct location for business expansion.

Emerging as a powerhouse for artificial intelligence (AI), Montréal has become headquarters to SCALE.AI (Supply Chains And Logistics Excellence.AI), Canada’s business-led AI consortium supercluster. SCALE.AI will shape a new global supply chain platform and bolster Canada’s leadership in AI internationally.

Montréal is a world leader in video game production and home to global brands and world-leading studios such as Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, and Warner Brothers.

With a rich and diverse industrial base and access to a critical mass of businesses, universities and research centres—Montréal is one of the world’s three main aerospace centres, along with Seattle and Toulouse.

Québec City

Québec City is the capital of the province of Québec, Canada with a population of 791,934.

A North American city with European flair overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Québec City encompasses a vibrant business ecosystem with amenities of a megacity surrounded by old world charm.  Here you’ll find a culture of cooperation with a tightly knit community bound together by a strong network of social and economic ties. Québec City has numerous innovation platforms and synergies between the booming research sector and its dynamic and creative entrepreneurial community. This environment is perfect for creating, developing, and optimizing your business for global success.

Québec City ranked in the top 3 among Canadian, US and European cities for research and development expenditures (as a percentage of GDP).  As a hub for world-leading research, this region is an incubator for modern techniques that revolutionize a wide variety of industries. From vaccines, medical technologies to advancements in telecommunications, Québec City is home to global leaders. 

The evolution of geospatial technologies has transformed traditional maps into powerful digital databases. Thanks to collaboration between regional companies specializing in geospatial solutions, software, databases and telecommunications, Québec City has become a unique point of convergence for these technologies.

The Québec City metropolitan region has emerged as a major player in the Canadian video game industry, with Ubisoft or Beenox studios, affiliated with publishing giants, and Frima Studio, Québec’s premier multiplatform game developer.


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