As part of an international outlook event (Perspectives internationales 2017), Carl Viel, President and CEO of Québec International, and Caroline Roy, Vice-President of Léger's Quebec City office, released the results of the annual business confidence survey of CEOs in the Greater Quebec City region (Conjoncture 2017).
Québec International would like to take this opportunity to express its solidarity with all of Quebec City's Muslim community in the wake of last night's tragic events at the local Islamic cultural centre (Centre culturel islamique de Québec).
The CEO of Quebec International, Carl Viel, and the General Manager of Quebec City Caisse Desjardins, Denis Laforest, are proud to announce the launch of the third edition of Catapult, a unique accelerator program for independent video game studios in Quebec City. After two successful editions, Catapulte, initiated by the digital arts and interactive entertainment sub-sector (ANDI), is back in force for a third year with a new and improved format.
The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM) and Quebec International are pleased to announce the names of the 23 companies that will be taking part in the fourth edition of the SME Passport program (Passeport PME). Over the next 18 months, these companies will benefit from a comprehensive training and guidance structure overseen by the CCMM's ACCLR international trade experts and by Québec International.
Ushering in 2017, Quebec City's Economic New Year (Rentrée Économique) will bring together a roster of renowned experts who will discuss the economic outlook and related issues for 2017. Organized by Québec International, the Quebec City Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIQ), the Lévis Chamber of Commerce (CCL), the Quebec Association of Economists (ASDEQ/Quebec City chapter) and the Quebec Financial Circle (CFQ), the program of activities for the seventh edition of this event will run from January 17 to February 2.
Québec International announced a major partnership today with Industrial Alliance Financial Group (iA) following the signing of a three-year agreement that will also involve LE CAMP and LA ZONE. Under the agreement, an innovation hub will be established in Quebec City with a view to positioning the local technological ecosystem alongside the insurance and financial services industry.
The second edition of Quebec City Digital Week (QCDW) will be held from April 1-9, 2017. This year, a number of the 17 scheduled events are geared towards the general public. QCDW is designed to showcase various high-level actors in one of Quebec City's major economic hubs, including two essential players: Web in Quebec City (WAQ) and Pixel Challenge.
Quebec International, in collaboration with the Quebec Health Alliance (ASQ), BioQuebec, Genome Quebec, Norton Rose Fulbright, Innovative Medicines Canada and the Quebec City-Laval University Hospital Centre (CHUQUL), will be presenting the Quebec City Health Industry Forum (FISQ) on November 29-30. For the past 10 years, FISQ has been the most important annual event in Quebec's life sciences sector, attracting and mobilizing various key actors, including industry representatives, researchers, managers and decision makers.
The Foundation for Foreign Agricultural Worker Recruitment (Fondation des entreprises en recrutement de main-d’œuvre agricole étrangère/FERME) and Québec International (QI) are pleased to announce that they have joined forces to expand their range of recruitment services. Companies in the Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches regions will now be able to access local services provided by FERME, a key recruiter of foreign agricultural workers.
Québec International (QI) is proud to announce that LE CAMP, Quebec City's technology incubator/accelerator, is joining the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN). LE CAMP thus becomes the network's 26th hub engaged in collaboration with a view to fostering digital innovation across Canada. The partnership was confirmed at the CDMN's annul meeting, which was held from October 25 to 27 in Edmonton. Isabelle Genest, Executive Director of LE CAMP, was in attendance.
The Quebec City census metropolitan area (CMA) kicked off 2017 in fine style by adding 1,300 jobs in January, for a total of 446,600 jobs. For the third consecutive month, unemployment in the region held steady at 4.3%, one of the lowest rates in Canada.
Real GDP rose by 1.3% to $34.6 billion in the Quebec City census metropolitan area (CMA) in the third quarter of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015. During the first nine months of 2016, real GDP in the Quebec City region was up +1.4% compared with the same period in 2015.
According to Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey, the Quebec City census metropolitan area (CMA) posted the lowest unemployment rate in Canada in 2016 (4.6%). The regional unemployment rate remained under the 5% mark for the second year in a row (4.7% in 2015).
According to Statistics Canada, the Quebec City census metropolitan area (CMA) created 3,100 jobs in October compared with September, for a total of 445,100 jobs. The number of jobs climbed for the fifth month in a row in Quebec City, the longest such period among Canada's Top 8 metropolitan regions.
A total of 4,200 jobs were created in the Quebec City census metropolitan area (CMA) from July to August, the highest gain in the province of Quebec and the second highest in Canada. The region reported a total of 439,600 jobs in August, or the same number as in February.
The Québec City census metropolitan area (CMA) recorded real GDP of $34.4 billion in the first half of 2016, up 1.6% from the same period in 2015. The region had the strongest growth rate in the province of Québec and one of the highest in the country, particularly in Eastern Canada. Regional economic performance was driven by all sectors, including manufacturing (+4.0%), construction (+1.3%) and services (+0.9%).
The Québec City census metropolitan area (CMA) added 2,900 jobs in July 2016, the highest increase in the province of Québec and the third highest in Canada. The region recorded a total of 435,400 jobs in July, for a month-to-month increase of 0.7%. Unemployment stood at 4.3% in July, good for first place in Canada despite a 0.2 point uptick since June.
According to KPMG's report Focus on Tax 2016, tax costs in the Québec City census metropolitan area (CMA) are 46.4% lower than in the US, which serves as the benchmark. Québec City is among the world's Top 10 comparably sized metropolitan regions, i.e. with populations of over 500,000 inhabitants in mature markets. Among the 111 regions studied (all categories combined), Québec City ranked 16th worldwide. It was in next-to-last place in Canada, ahead of Montreal.
According to Statistics Canada, the Québec City census metropolitan area (CMA) recorded an unemployment rate of 4.1% in the second quarter of 2016, the lowest in Canada. Unemployment was down considerably from the first-quarter figure of 5.1% due to a sharp drop in the labour force (-1.1%), which outweighed the decrease in the total number of jobs (-0.1%). The Québec City region finished the spring with a total of 432,500 jobs, thus keeping losses at only 300 compared with the first three months of the year.
The Québec City census metropolitan area (CMA) recorded an unemployment rate of 4.2% in May, down from 4.5% in April. This was the lowest rate in the province of Québec and the lowest among the Top 8 Canadian CMAs. Once again, the drop in the total workforce (-0.8%) was greater than the total number of jobs available (-0.5%), resulting in a lower unemployment rate.