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The right place to innovate
in optics / photonics

Inspirational successes


“The Québec City area has helped make EXFO a world leader in its field. We couldn’t have done it without the region’s creative talent, world-class research centres and vibrant innovation ecosystem! EXFO’s Québec City headquarters are the group’s largest optics/photonics research and development centre thanks to the multitude of resources in the field!” Louis Adam, Corporate Director of Marketing, EXFO

why choose the Québec City
area, in Canada, for your project?

An industry focused on the expertise you need to prosper

Here, companies benefit from the competition between research and market. Biophotonics, neurophotonics, fully optical networks, next-generation optical fibres… Québec City is at the cutting edge of science, and its successes are multiplying exponentially.

Qualified talent pool
to help you stand out

Between 2006 and 2016, 40% of the jobs created in Québec City were in the higher knowledge sector—that’s twice as many as in the rest of Canada.

World-class research
to lead the way

With the higher concentration of high-level optics experts, our research centres have developed many custom technologies with high market potential, leading to the creation of several businesses.

Renowned expertise
to answer global issues

Regional optics/photonics companies export 85% of their production and expertise around the world.

Municipal assistance programs so
you can test your products

Québec City’s numerous financing programs include the Programme de vitrine technologique (technology showcase program), which allows the city’s businesses and research centres to test their innovative products and procedures in real situations.

Low operating costs
to help you perform

It costs an average of 16.1% less to do business in Québec City than in the average American city. This cost advantage is even higher for research and development, with savings of 33.8%.

highest concentration of optics/photonics
experts in the country

World leader in industrial optics/photonics solutions. The INO specializes in custom solutions. It uses a variety of technologies and innovative procedures, supported by a solid portfolio of intellectual property.

Largest strategic university group of optics/photonics experts in Canada.

Largest national defence research centre in the country, dealing in cutting-edge fields.

Specializes in computer vision research and its industrial and biomedical applications

Specializes in optical fibers and sensors, imaging and illumination, metrology and microsystems.

they chose Québec city

customized support

Québec International fosters business growth and development, supports key clusters and attracts talents and investments to the area. We provide support services that are tailored to meet your needs and supported by our networks of local, national and international contacts. We are a unique guide that will help you join Québec City’s optics/photonics sector.

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