Ambition without pretence

Thinking big without going overboard is the balance we try to strike because this is what allows us to commit ourselves to one project after another without crushing the competition. Entrepreneurs and business leaders are a source of pride and inspire others to follow in their footsteps. They share their achievements knowing that their city appreciates what they do and will return the favour. Success as a key element for social cohesion: we reap the benefits of this scarce commodity in our unique business ecosystem.

proud + appreciative = driver of performance

See big, go far

A city of renown

Is Québec different from other cities? But of course! And to maintain this uniqueness, we don’t think twice about challenging conventions and traditional thinking, and we steer clear of ready-made solutions. What’s more, we are driven by an unshakable desire to reinvent ourselves. This distinctive personality trait is the cornerstone of numerous exemplary achievements that are the envy of many.

Making our mark

The way we live and work, our natural environment, our expertise and our status as a gateway to the world all help us stand out. Nationally and internationally, the Québec City area sits at the top of many rankings. It has proven itself to be well worth the trip, in more ways than one.

  • #1 in the world for its low operating costs among cities with over 100,000 inhabitants

     KPMG Competitive Alternatives, 2016

  • Multiple Top 10 in the "American Cities of the Future 2019-2020" rankings

    In the “mid-sized cities” category: Economic Potential, Human Capital and Lifestyle, Connectivity, Business Friendliness, American Cities of the Future

    All size categories combined: FDI Strategy

  • Canadian Music City of the year

    Live Music Industry Awards, 2017 and 2019

  • Ranked among the world’s top 7 and “Smart 21” intelligent cities

    Intelligent Community Forum, 2012 and 2014

  • 2nd most family-friendly city in the world

    Movinga's Cities of Opportunity: Best Cities for Families 2020

  • Best destination in Canada

    for 4 consecutive years, Travel + Leisure - World's Best Awards

An unparalleled entrepreneurial ecosystem

When the Québec City area-based companies distinguish themselves, members of the business community are quick to rejoice in their success and applaud their accomplishments. This sense of collective pride fuels our aspirations and serves as a veritable catalyst. Success breeds success, as they say. And what we want is to see you succeed!

A successful environment

The vibrancy of our entrepreneurial community is a source of collective pride and we do not hesitate to support the ambitions of our entrepreneurs. This explains the many forms of great support available for entrepreneurs.

  • Incubators and accelerators
  • School for entrepreneurship
  • Acceleration programs
  • Crowdfunding platform

Gems in the Québec City area

  • Olympus NDT Canada

    Fabrice Cancre

    First and foremost, we were drawn to the quality of the Québec City area’s education system, the quality and dedication of the staff, and the easy access to local business partners and partners with complementary activities. Not to mention the high concentration of top-notch technical experts.

  • Équipements Jocelyn Frenette

    Christophe Lopez

    Translation underway

  • Coveo

    Louis Têtu

    Coveo is a Québec technology flagship with international visibility that we can be proud of. The Québec City area’s bubbling technology scene and its highly skilled workforce provide an undeniable advantage for our growth.

  • ABB

    Marc Corriveau

    The Québec City area, home to Université Laval, is an excellent place to recruit the best optics talent. We’re located in the Espace d’innovation Michelet, a next-generation technology park that unquestionably inspires innovation and collaboration for ABB’s employees. It’s very promising for the expansion of our business.


And even more to consider...

And this is just an overview! Learn more about the entrepreneurial community, the gems and the awards that make the Québec City region proud by downloading the document Ambition without Pretence.

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